Wait... We still have classes?

Wait... We still have classes?

Unfortunately my weeks seem to be becoming calmer and calmer as time goes on so I'm struggling to find good blogging content. This week I decided to take some time to talk about my class, Campaigning for a Cause: How Advocacy Groups Change the World.


My Monday Nights


While I've only had 2 classes thus far because of President's Day, I'm finding my class to be wicked interesting. My professor, Dr. SanGeorge, is an advisor at American University but has a long list of amazing things he's done in his life. I feel more enlightened just being around him! He spent part of our first class telling us all about his time with the World Wildlife Fund, as a journalist and in what seemed like hundreds of different countries. I couldn't help being overcome with wanderlust while listening to his adventures.


The first section of the course has focused on social media and how it effects social and revolutionary movements. We've talked about demographic analysis and even looked at the Tipping Point theory. The rest of the semester's schedule includes everything but the kitchen sink, things that I would have even associated with advocacy work but I have no doubt we'll connect it all. Some of these topics include messaging, cyper-campaigning and the online video & podcasting revolution. I'm really excited for the rest of the semester. If it's anything like these first two weeks have been, it should be very interesting.


C-SPAN & You (or my roommate)


My roommate, Anna, is in The Road to the White House, the class broadcasted on C-SPAN. The class takes place right in the RAF and is taped and then shown on Fridays at 5:30. There's a guest speaker invited by the director every week who is interviewed first and then the students are given the opportunity to ask questions. After each recording session they have a break and then they go back for a more traditional lecture-style class with question and answer opportunities. During their break, students have the chance to introduce themselves and get to know the guests on a more personal basis. Some of the guests include Michael Steele, Patrick Buchanan and L. Douglas Wilder. This class is open to George Mason University students as well, although there are not as many as TWC students. They have their own studio set up on campus and participate remotely.


That's just a brief run down of two courses offered through TWC. There are courses in many other subjects on topics that you probably wouldn't find at your home institution. What's great about these courses is that they're taught by people who have worked in and are experts on the area of the course so they're the best people to be teaching. One of the coolest parts about this is all the professors have great stories. My professor is like a walking novel and my class seems to have an unspoken understanding to take advantage of this so we can live vicariously through him.


It inspires me to do more with my career by hearing the stories of what others have done with theirs and my professor isn't the only person that does this. Today I got to meet the Deputy National Political Director for the Democratic National Committee. Similar to my professor, he has gone through several different careers and has amazing stories about each. He gave us some great advice when it comes to jobs: if you don't love it, find something you do love. After hearing about his work on the 2008 Obama campaign, with past Houston mayors and some work in Public Health I felt a little at ease that I didn't know exactly what I want to do because clearly you have to try things out and see what works best. Hopefully my career will end up as successful as theirs though!


Until next week!

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