First of all, I apologize for not having written anything during all this time, but truthfully, I just did not have the time. I want to be able to write long blogs and to tell you many things, so I wait, but I tend to wait a bit too long and then I have so many things to talk about that I don’t even know where to begin.
It has been almost a month since the first semester of my sophomore year at the Illustrious Spelman College has started, and I have been savoring every second of it (well, trying to).
Concerning my academic life, I am taking 5 classes this semester. I had planned on taking 6, but things did not go as planned. Originally I was going to take Sophomore Year Experience (SYE), HIST 303, Portuguese 201, ADW 220, IS 211, and CWS 270, but I ended up not taking ADW because I changed my minor, nor History, because I got exempted.
SYE is in the continuity of First Year Experience and it is a two semester long course, divided in two sections; leadership and public speaking. I am in the public speaking section and it consists of teaching us how to speak, properly, in public, according to our audience. It has not really started yet, but I will let you know how it goes for the girl who becomes shy whenever there are more than two unknown people in front of her, aka Tysha.
Being an International Studies (IS) and Comparative Women’s Studies (CSW) double major, I am logically obligated to take the introductory courses to the disciplines, IS 211 and CWS 270. And honestly, every time I go to class, the sentiment I feel confirms that this is it, this is what I want to study. What we learn is very interesting to me and we are to discuss and analyse the information given. We are to think critically and I take much pleasure doing so. The last class I am enrolled in is a Political Science course called Human Rights and Conflict Resolution, or SPSC 380. The title is self explanatory isn’t it? and I have one thing to say about this course, I ADOREIT. For now, we are just on the Human Rights part and the comprehension of the concept of human rights in different societies around the world. The textbook we use has a very eurocentrist perspective of what human rights are and that is where the critical thinking comes into place. At some point, in the book, the author compare “traditional” African societies to “Modern” Europe, basing his comparison on the fact that human rights are a European notion. But, first of all, how do you compare something outdated to a modern system, and how can you disregard the diversity of the African continent, and regroup all its cultures and people under the same hat, and call it “traditional”. But anyways….
As you probably noticed, the name of the courses are a mix between the abbreviation of the discipline and a number. That number represent the level of the course, going from 100 to 400, at the undergraduate level,.
And continuo a estudar português, claro.
Concerning my social life and my involvement on campus, I have the honor of serving as the vice president of the International Student Orgarnisation (ISO). I also am at the head of the Atlanta University Center Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP). SJP is a national organisation which btw is holding its national conference at San Diego State University this year, which I will have the pleasure of attending this coming October. I am still a member of the Honors Program, where Dr. Moore generously named me a Githii Scholar, encouraging my intellectual curiosity and congratulating my involvement at events organised or sponsored by the HP. Because of my involvement in SJP and perhaps even in the HP, I have earned a spot in the Social Justice Fellows Program, where I am an Associate this year. I am also a member a several other groups on campus, and I am hoping to start a project that I hold close to my heart by next semester.
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