For my “This I Believe” Podcast, I am considering writing/speaking about the importance of quiet. Our present society seems so enamored with distractions (made constantly available by technology) that we seldom take time to unplug; however, in an increasingly busy world we need undisturbed time for clear thought more than ever. Similarly, I have considered discussing the necessity of focus. Studies have shown that multitasking is essentially an impossible feat, yet we continue to try juggling an ever-larger number of tasks.
In regards to my Passion Blog, I intend to continue writing on the topic that I used last semester. Learning about unique customs from around the world was an interesting process, and although I have tried to come up with another subject, I cannot think of any that I would be able to easily sustain for ten weeks.
There are a lot of possibilities for the Civic Issues Blog, and it will obviously depend on the category that I am assigned. However, I am particularly interested in foreign policy and issues of diplomacy, especially as many situations abroad (Iran’s nuclear program, the pending security agreement with Afghanistan, etc.) grow increasingly delicate. Environmental issues are also very interesting, especially domestically. From the BP oil spill to the more recent Freedom Industries water contamination, the balance between industry and environmental safety has become a large concern for the majority of Americans.