International Relations & Arabic
Applied in: Winter 2016
University Offers: St Andrews, Soas, Queen Mary, Edinburgh
Global Politics have changed so rapidly in such a short time span, and the implications and theories as to how and why fascinate me. Growing up in Tucson, Arizona, a city at the forefront of relations between the U.S. and Mexico, has made it a pertinent part of my life. I started out casually following events between the two countries, and this snowballed into regularly checking the news and studying the political structures of other countries. I became particularly fascinated by how much the Middle East has changed, and have a profound interest in the region’s politics.
My AP world history class sparked questions about the current state of the world and country’s role in it. I thought deeply about how conflicts in Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan could have an impact on my life so far away, and I started to have discussions after school with my teachers. My favourite topics were about Islam and immigration, and I was surprised that my previously held convictions were questioned so fruitfully. I found myself wanting to talk with people of different beliefs so as to garner fresh perspectives, which not only improved my ability to communicate, but also my analytical skills.
These debates with various classmates and teachers captivated me even further and I took it upon myself to read more about the Middle East. I read titles such as ISIS: A History, by Fawaz A. Gerges and Descent into Chaos by Ahmed Rashid. The books encouraged deep critical thinking and gave me thorough analysis into the inner workings of the Islamic world. They also cemented my earlier theories about how the wars in this region affect us in more ways than one. I am excited to study more about the roles of global politics and the Middle East at university.
My job as a phone bank operator at a political campaign evolved crucial skills that I believe are important for those looking to engage fully with citizens of different opinions and beliefs. I worked with people from varying ages, races, and social classes, making broadmindedness and teamwork even more important than usual. I am confident speaking with anyone and presenting my ideas and knowledge to them, even if they may disagree.
Studying in the U.K would be an invaluable experience because of the truly international education I would be apart of, and the diverse opinions and backgrounds that I could contribute to. As a future student of international relations I think it is important to be in surroundings where my ideas will be routinely challenged and I can constantly develop and learn.