Before you begin reading, can we dedicate a moment of silence to Damnation on USA? A period drama ends after one season and...ON A CLIFFHANGER. That is just something you do not do to dedicated viewers. UHHH!
You might be asking: Well if it deserves a moment of silence, why is it no longer airing? Great question, a very fair question. It is a real guns, guts, and glory show set in the 1930s, American heartland where farmers/the lower-class struggle against new technology/big tycoons. I can say that I have never been a guns, guts, and glory show kind-of-girl, but the story line...the story line...was incredible. The acting was superb. USA, I may never forgive you. The cliffhanger was a nail-biter, a legitimate matter of life or death, which makes the cancellation a painful blow to the gut. My advice: Watch at your own risk.
For extra credit and as a way to step away from reading for class, I skipped to a presentation on how to succeed in political science. Some of the points that were made, like participation, completing assignments, and asking questions, can be applied to all majors. While I still maintain that speaking is not my strong suit, it is a fact of life. I have yet to conquer that fact, but trying yields progress.
In my last post, I discussed a research project required by honors students. This week I met with my mentor, who is a professor of American politics. And I can now confirm what my research project will cover. My goal is to determine whether red or blue states perform better economically. I always had an idea of what I wanted to research, but the logistics of this project have finally been sorted out! Relieving for me! I think I aim higher in the beginning with room to slim down by the end. I think, at least for me, it works better in that manner. Anyway, I will be spending my remaining semesters (Only 3 after this semester ends!...Wow, that is insane.) working toward its completion.
I debated whether or not to share anything political because opinions vary from person to person. However, I am going to just take the risk and ignore the consequences for a moment. Plus, I do not believe this is showing partisanship in any fashion. So, did you watch the State of the Union address on Tuesday? I did, just as I watched the previous administration's. You may not agree with the political viewpoints of the current or previous administration, which is perfectly fine, but the personal stories that every administration presents during their addresses are often magical and inspiring. This year, I almost cried (Normally, I am not a crier, which makes this story so inspiring and eye-opening.) as I watched the segment of Mr. Ji Seong-Ho, a defector from North Korea, stand and raise his crutches into the air. When the lens zoomed on his face, I could visibly see the pride and defiance in his eyes. His journey moved me, it moved many, and it made me feel especially grateful to live in a country that values freedom and liberty. For more on just how different the US is from North Korea, read this.
I volunteered to represent my major's department at open house this weekend. Remember those times you were asked to describe yourself in some capacity and you were stumped at what to say or where to begin? This is exactly like that time. How do I represent something that is a part of me? That is my question for tomorrow, so I am currently developing a strategy or helpful list of ideas today. Have a smashing weekend!