Three months later…
After a snafu with the Korbel blogs and subsequent fear of logging into my own blog, I’m back. And a quarter wiser. It was a nice to be done with the quarter and have six weeks to reflect on my first few months at Korbel. Not to mention visiting with long distance family over the holidays forced me to really think about my time spent here. (There was no shortage of “How do you like school?” although many of the inquiring minds received a more comprehensive response than anticipated.)
And it made me realize how great of a fit DU has proved to be. In the time since I’ve last posted, I’ve procrastinated (10 weeks goes more quickly than can ever be imagined) and practically killed myself in the last week of last quarter wrapping up term papers and final projects, spent roughly half a paycheck at my neighborhood Dazbog Coffee, and struggled to get a spot in classes at registration time. On the flip side, the latter served as a valuable lesson in its own right. After briefly meeting with the Director of Student Affairs, I realized how hard the staff and faculty here are willing to work in order to maximize the Korbel experience for students. I’ve also written papers I’m proud of, participated in a conflict negotiation simulation, joined student groups, heard from guest lecturers, discovered graduate study abroad opportunities and met countless people with awe-inducing experiences.
Break was relaxing, but it’s great to be back.
I’m Maisie and I’ll be blogging right here at africaatkorbel.wordpress.com.
I’m a first year student in International Studies focusing on Africa. I grew up in the DC area and spent my first years out of college navigating the cross-section between the non-profit world and the US government. I worked and consulted for a few different non-profits aimed at addressing extreme poverty, global health and disease, and achieving sustainable development.
About the time I realized that with my career trajectory, I would be in DC forever, I decided grad school was the ideal opportunity to spend outside of it. Cue Korbel.
I moved to CO almost two years ago with the intent of attending Korbel one day. I’ve been working at a think tank outside of Boulder focused on finding a sustainable solution to governance problems where, alongside my team, we look at the global problem of contemporary maritime pirates. All while in Colorado.
I’ll be writing about life in CO, classes, my Africa focus, and juggling everything with work. Things I love: Africa, animals, yoga, travel, the city of New Orleans, all-things-Baltimore-sports, snowboarding, John Butler Trio. Things I dislike: blueberries and commuting.
Hope you’ll join me on future posts. It’s already been a pleasure.
‘til next time,
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