Information is Power

Information is Power

The evening course I took with TWC has been one of the best classes I have taken during my 5 years of college. The class, International Organizations and Humanitarian Law, only strengthened my resolve to be in the field of international relations. I'll be honest, the academic portion of this program was not on the top of my list in the first weeks, but in no time I was hooked on the subject matter. It was so well presented by the professor, I really felt I was gaining some life lessons from the course. I have learned so much about humanitarian law that it has opened a entirely new field of study that I did not think I would get into. One of the many plans I had for the future was to study law, but now with this course and my experience in D.C., I feel like I would do well in the realm of humanitarian law. When you think about humanitarian law, one thing that everyone cannot forget is that just because there is conflict, that does not mean human rights are suspended. Just because there is political strife, riots or war, that does not give any individual, or institution a reason to suspend basic human rights.

 

 

TWC encourages its students to get involved and to think about the issues. I am lucky in the sense that my experience here at TWC has been a well-rounded one. The course I took was focused on human rights, my civic engagement work centered on homelessness in D.C. and my internship site champions inclusive growth and equality. All of these aspects combined has given me a greater outlook on what I would like to do with my academic life. This program has definitely made me a more involved global citizen; I think what I have learned here, and what I will continue to learn in the year to come while I continue on at my internship site, will be the idea that one is never alone. We share the world with 7 billion people, and if we have even the slightest chance of making life better for our fellow human beings then we have a responsibility to see it through.

 

 

How can one get involved? It’s as simple as a vote. One right that we take for granted in the West is the ability to choose the people that represent you and who champion your ideals and values. I think it’s very easy to take for granted the environment that we are born into, but to make positive change in the world, you simply need to ensure that your voice is heard. Additionally, volunteering and giving back to your community is a great way to put your stamp on the world; one positive experience for an individual that is underserved and underrepresented can make a lifetime of difference. It often only takes a small act of kindness to make someone’s day better. But how does this tie into human rights? Well, something that concerns me greatly is that people are missing out on their human right to shelter, water and food, while nations in the developed world are spending millions on the rights for individuals to carry guns, or fight amongst themselves about locked iPhones. It's troubling to see that issues that can mean life and death for millions of Americans and billions of people around the world. You can make the change, and you can decide what to do with the gifts you have been given. Education, freedom and a voice.

 

 

 

Simply sitting in a classroom for 3 hours every week, I have come to so many realizations. I would like to take the time to thank my Professor Max Hilare for an amazing semester, for you have truly opened my eyes to a lot of issues and great ideas. Finally, I encourage everyone to educate yourselves on the abuses of human rights here and around the world, because if no one talks about it, how can we expect any change?

 

 

 

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