My other class is a Philosophies and Foundations of International Relations. Students take turns presenting the reading material each week. I was very fortunate that I did not have to present this time. Material we covered: Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, Kant, Smith, Ricardo, and Carr. Its a challenge, but eventhough I am reading every spare minute of my day, I know that this is a fantastic way to start my introduction into political science and international relations. It is so exciting to have discussions about texts written over a hundred years ago and have it still applicable today. Maybe people will be reading my blog one hundred years from now and saying, "Whoa, this was transformative for it's time!". But probably not.
The good news is that my other classes do not meet regularly! I am going to India in December, which crams an entire course into one month. Then I have two Module courses that only meet one weekend during the semester. The week after next I have my Financial Strategies for NGOs course! Very very excited.
Between classes and reading, I have been working at the bookstore. AUP is very small (less than 1000 students), therefore, instead of letting them wander around aimlessly searching for their books. We just take their course list and grab the mandatory books for them. This means that I now know most students on campus and their course schedule.
I also decided to get involved in Student Government for the first time in my life. I gave a petite speech in which I declared my love for AUP (which was not a lie), and won by default, because I did not have any opponents. It was a close race.
Therefore, you are now reading the blog of Lacy Wood, Treasurer of Graduate Student Council. Tah-dah. No applause necessary. Objective number one: organize the budget. Objective number two: order coffee for the graduate student lounge. I am considering moving objective number two into the number one slot.
Reality of being a graduate student has set in. I am slowly seeing less and less lofty views of Paris, in exchange for more time in the library. I just need to remember that this is not a vacation. I am not here to see the sites, I am here to be apart of the amazing international community at my disposal. This means going to every GSC meeting, every event possible, getting the contact information of every speaker, and really investing myself in the education I am paying for. Paris will be waiting for me when I get my nose out of a book.