I am a firm believer that through discourse, empathy, and freethinking, humanity can continue to progress in the face of obstacles from within and without. I would describe myself as being autodidactic, center-left, pragmatic, humanistic, and an ignostic non-theist (albeit with an appreciation for spiritual practices such as meditation and contemplation). I want to immerse myself in this world and live a life that is fulfilling, productive, and full of experiences. I want to make the most of this single gift of life and leave a positive impact on the world and those I share it with.
Love, knowledge, and compassion are the key drivers of my life. I walk the pragmatic path both politically and ideologically, seeking out the values and beliefs that I genuinely feel to be the most beneficial to myself and society. I want to understand every perspective, whether it is agreeable or dissenting, and take only those positions that have been thoroughly researched and demonstrated to maximize utility.
Winston Churchill once said that we make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give. I want my life to be full of giving. The world has been kind to me and given much to my benefit, I feel compelled to express my gratitude in kind.
Thus, I aim to do good things in the world in whatever way I can. I want to work in diplomacy or humanitarian development, either for the State Department, the United Nations, or some other international organization. Someday, I hope to start my own NGO or charity and give back to a world that has given me so much. Even if I never reach my preferred occupations, I will be content working in any capacity that facilitates education, empathy, compassion, charity, and good deeds.
I have two Bachelors in Political Science and International Relations from Florida International University, and am mulling over pursuing either a Master’s in International Public Administration and/or Diplomacy, or going to law school. I have dabbled in a few other subjects as well, including History, Anthropology, Life Sciences, Art, and Philosophy. Had I the time and means, I would probably major in it all – but that is what books and free time are for!