Things I’ve read on the internet

Its been a bit of a crazy week for the “working professional grad student” – early mornings and late nights. Does the night owl also catch the early morning worm?

Sure, just not on Saturday.

I did, however, make it to the library by 9:30 and spent the last 30 minutes trying to figure out what I’d like to blog about today. Instead of spending more time avoiding the hours of reading and writing I have ahead of me (if I have to read another thing about the realist political tradition, I’ll go bang my head against the wall), here is a quick list of things I’ve read on the internet this week.

1) Is Egypt on the Verge of Another Uprising? 

2) Islamophobia is Not a Myth 

3) Why Some Teams Are Smarter Than Others (with perhaps one of my favorite lines read this week: “This last effect, however, was partly explained by the fact that women, on average, were better at “mindreading” than men.”)

4) Want a job? These traits will get you hired (though specifically about the private sector, I think these characteristics apply for employment in the public sector)

5) Who’s Afraid of “Waging Noniolence”?

Enjoy the reads. And if you’re looking for some good tunes to go with it, I recently discovered this guy:



It’s time to revitalize Bread is for Everyone. New year, new resolution?

I’m a sucker for new year resolutions. In fact, 2014 is probably the first year that I’ve really stuck to some. Some goals I met, others I faltered. I wanted to read 30 new books this year. I maybe read 5. For the first time, I set athletic goals. I learned how to ski last January (and loved it) and raced in my first triathlon in August. I also hiked up my first 14-er (14,000 ft elev. mountain) and a handful of 13-ers (13,000 ft. elev. mountain), although I had a goal of hiking up 5.

2014 was also the year I applied and was accepted to the Peace Corp and grad school. These proved to be the most transformative changes in the past year for me. I was directionless in 2012 and 2013. I wanted so badly for that ‘next step’ to fall into my lap. By this time in 2013, I figured out that my next step wasn’t going to happen unless, 1) I made a decision about what I wanted, and 2) Did it. By this time last year, I made my decision. I wanted a degree in administration and international development. I wanted to go into the Peace Corp. Now in the first few days of 2015, I have my first trimester of grad school completed and i’m set to leave for the Peace Corp in the spring of 2016. Life no longer happens all at once, but flows slow and steady.

I think I can accurately define myself as a ‘flexible goal setter’. One of my resolutions this year will be to blog at least once a week. Focus my blogs on topics that I’m actively researching or short commentary on current events. When I do get the chance to travel, I’ll write about it here. Though I imagine most of my trips will be to different national parks around the American West.

Bring it 2015.