Tuesday, January 17, 2006

As I logged into blogger, I realised that this is my 100th post. Happy 100th post to my blog! I've decided to put aside the massive procrastination and finally make a post after abt four weeks. I think I'm just going to write abt my latest happenings. I just remembered I promised to post pics so I need to get on top of that....maybe later tonight if the procrastination doesn't hit too strong. Anyways, here we go.

I started my last semester of uni last Monday. I'm so glad it's my last semester. I am ready for a change in my life right now. The whole going to lecs, doing hw 24/7, studying, going to meetings, and even going to bars on the weekend-nightlife scene has gotten really old QUICK. I can't even enjoy myself anymore on the weekends. Most of it has to do with the fact that I live in a town of 40,000 people excluding the 40,000 students here which doubles the population during the school year....which means that there is nothing to do here. It's not like Philly, NYC, Boston, DC, Atlanta aka ATL, or Miami where you can always find something to do. If I had my choice, I would have graduated last semester, taken this semester off, and started working in August as is currently planned.

One of the more exciting things in my life is my fencing class. The only thing I hate abt it is the 8 am start. I absolutely hate 8 am's....and don't say who doesn't cause there are ppl that do like 8 am's. Anyways about fencing. So far we have just been conditioning which kicked my ass today. I actually had to stop towards the end of the class because I've had the flu since last Thursday and I started feeling dizzy. Luckily, the coach seems pretty understanding abt things. But, I'm actually looking forward to the whole conditioning thing more than actually learning about foil fencing. Why? Becuase I don't exercise which means I'm totally out of shape so hopefully fencing will get my back into shape.

I'm thinking of working to support my drinking habits and to save a bit of money for my trip. I need to submit the application tomorrow for working at the cafe/bistro in the business building. I'm hoping that if I get the job, they will schedule me right before or after my classes so that I can either go straight from lecs to work or visa-versa....ALL in the SAME BUILDING! Talk abt convenience. But how often do things actually work out as you intend. So, I don't really count on getting the schedule I want...if I even get the job.

Today in my international business lecture, I almost got into an argument with a fellow student. The professor had us fill out a survey he felt all managers in multinational enterprises (MNE's) or in business in general should be able to answer. Some of the questions were subjective, such as the one I wanted to fight this kid over. The question was "Do US policymakers pay too much/too little/just the right amount of time on global issues?" One girl raised her hand by saying that we do too much. She cited the case of Iraq where our government failed to think through the whole thing and how our government didn't really have a plan for after the initial invasion. Our government rushed into the situation without taking the time to develop fully a plan for invasion and peaceful reconstruction which has been a legitimate criticism of the Bush Administration. I should mention before I move on that our class had discussed briefly the whole issue over Iran. So this stupid f*ck dude raised his hand and said he disagreed with her opinion. He said these "crazy" leaders referring to Hussein and the Iranian president need to be removed from power. And yes, he said crazy. I quickly raised my hand in complete disagreement and frustration. I felt the girl made a better analysis of the Iraqi and current Iranian situations where we run to such quick judgments/decisions. I also said you can't call the leaders of these countries "crazy" when they're some of the smartest people and think through things very strategically. Many, in the US, call Kim Jong Il a crazy and dangerous person when in fact he's just the opposite. Very few people, in the US, understand that maybe if the US didn't f*ck up the 1994 Agreed Framework whereby North Korea promised to dismantle its "WMD" program and in return the US government would provide the North Korean government with light water reactors for eletric generation or sth like that, that maybe the North Koreans would even be threatening to develop WMD's currently. I also don't understand why my government can't give the North Korean government the security guarantee they want - that the US government will not invade North Korea. Some political issues are so damn frustrating concerning my government.

Basically, in short, this is what I'm trying to say. I call the guy's comments the "American ignorance/bias." I continually see people failing to look at issues from one side....usually from the American perspective, always failing to look at issues from an international perspective. Why can't people pose the question, "OK, As an American, I would react this way. But how would these actions appear to the French, Germans, Japanese, Chinese, etc. etc." Granted I was probably guilty of what I call the "American ignorance/bias" before, but after being in Australia for four months, I finally learned to look at things more from an international perspective. And, I expected this of my fellow students, most of whom have studied abroad like me.

Ok, time to do a lil research on why I think globalization is irreversible.


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