What answering the phenomena the world is tackling and

What
Is To Be Done? is not
only the title of a very influential pamphlet by Lenin, but the
question I most frequently ponder when analyzing the international
scene. Despite the fact that the world is becoming smaller through
globalization, there appears to be a resurgence of movements that
exacerbate the attraction toward populism and nationalism. In reading
one Foreign Affairs article, I stumbled upon an Afghan saying
that translates as “If water is muddied downstream, do not waste
your time filtering it; better to go upstream.” The upstream
becomes a metaphor for international relations and history, as these
fields provide the high ground to answering the phenomena the world
is tackling and a path toward unity and acceptance.
I
learned what unity and acceptance meant in praxis while attending the
Stony Brook School. Thanks to a scholarship awarded by ASSIST,
an international student exchange organization, I was able to live
in a multicultural milieu where students from over twenty different
countries come together to receive an excellent education and
participate in a unique experience. In classes, such as History and
English, we were challenged to think critically, delve deeper for
answers, and rid ourselves of judgment and parti pris when
deciphering various classical works and historical documents. My
academic effort was recognized by the Cum Laude Society as well as
the Language Department for my studies of Mandarin. Above all,
through discussions with students and faculty, I learned to
acknowledge and listen to opinions and arguments from different
cultural, ethnic, and religious backgrounds and to formulate my own.
Ever since, I have valued the riches and challenges of an
international community.
My
encounters with representatives of the British and American
Embassies, at various ASSIST
events, have illuminated the intricacies of diplomacy. I have come to
understood that the essence of their work is to build bridges between
peoples. I took this initiative to heart at the Evanjelicke Lyceum,
where, elected President of the Student Council, our team organized
events and activities targeted at bringing students closer together
and boosting the school spirit. Founding the school magazine Eloquent
was an important aspect of that same effort. The main objective of
the magazine is to provide students with a platform to make their
voices heard. As the editor-in-chief, I lead a group of talented
individuals to quality reporting, and negotiated favorable business
conditions which, jointly, enabled the magazine to expand into a high
demand regional publication.
The
Lyceum’s
rigorous Social Studies and History programs provided me with a more
profound understanding of philosophy, political and legal systems,
and the genesis of humanity and human behavior as a whole. This
motivated me to begin my studies at the College of International and
Public Relations Prague. The
study program guides
students toward comprehension, evaluation, and analysis of the
development in the international system, law, economics, and
politics. I remain involved with the school magazine by writing
analyses of current global affairs, and I occupy myself with
literature from authors, the likes of Arnold
J. Toynbee,
Jared
Diamond,
Francis
Fukuyama and Samuel
P. Huntington.
Nonetheless, the imprint of my
experience at the
Stony Brook School urges me to pursue education abroad in a more
diverse community.
To
answer the initial question, in Leviathan,
Thomas Hobbes writes, “The
best prophet naturally is the best guesser; and the best guesser, he
that is most versed and studied in the matters he guesses at, for he
hath most signs
to guess by.”
Ergo, to make the best educated guess, one needs knowledge, reason,
experience, and faith. I aspire to obtain these by being versed and
studied in international relations, politics, law, and history, for
it is the upstream that holds the answer to what should be done to
bring us within reach of unity and acceptance.