As we begin our second chapter of Rhetoric and Civic Life, I look forward to new experiences with Dr. O’Hara and all of the Millennium Scholars in Cohort 3. I am also looking forward to writing a brand new passion blog throughout this spring semester. Last semester, I documented and described all of the cupcake places that I have ventured to throughout the country in my cupcake quest. But, since I have spent so much time at Penn State, this quest has been put on hold since I don’t leave State College very much.
Now, I am faced with the difficult task of thinking of two new possibilities that I will have as my passion blog for the spring.
After some deep thought, I realized that I want my passion blog to be considered to be useful for someone, somewhere in this world. I realized that a good idea would be to make a freshman survival guide for females in Happy Valley. I figured that girls might actually see some good ideas as they prepare to begin the best four years of their early life. So, one idea that I have come up with for my new passion blog is to document the trials and tribulations of a freshman at penn state. I might call it ‘Freshie’ or even ‘Confessions of a Penn State Freshman.’ I would love to help girls out and share my experiences by talking about a number of surprises to me this year. Some topic areas may include research, the dorm life, bad roommates, unwritten dorm rules, making friends, surviving large classes, greek life, time management, exercise, going out, and the dining hall, among others. I think it could be a fantastic blog. Potentially, I would like to make a list of the things I’ve learned and suggest better choices that someone else could make if they were in a similar situation. If I could go back in time, it is not as if I would honestly change anything at all. I have learned so much from all of my experiences and I wouldn’t trade this life for anything. I love this school, my friends and my experience but I feel as though I could have been better prepared for the major changes that I experienced once I arrived. On another, completely opposite spectrum, I have a passion for politics, United States foreign policy and that of other foreign countries. I am interested in the actions that the United States federal government takes in hot spots of the world such as the Middle East and Europe. I would also love looking into Pennsylvania politics as our state government is extremely inefficient and uncompromising. Advocating for the rights of women and other underrepresented groups is also a passion of mine. For my Civic Issues Blog, I might steal my second passion blog idea, look into the 2016 Presidential Election in regards to Party Politics or analyze United States foreign policy by asking the question How is U.S. diplomacy doing across the world?
After listening to numerous “This I Believe” podcasts, I think I want to write a podcast on why I believe high school students working is important.