I’m officially back at work and it is freezing in Chicago. And with that personal update, here are this week’s five [awesome] things!
On the Shutdown and Healthcare Policy
Belle from Capitol Hill Style (one of my favorite fashion blogs!) with a non-fashion discussion about the treatment of Capitol Hill staffers during the shutdown negotiations. It is the perfect balance of personal and political and passionate and measured, and I really appreciate her going “off topic” from her blog’s normal contents to speak from her heart. See Using Hill Staff as Political Pawns.
On Good Leadership and Being the Nice
Ron Ashkenas and Lisa Bodell writing for the Harvard Business Review in Nice Managers Embrace Conflict Too.
On Feminism and Safety and Helping
On Undergraduate Education and Study Abroad
The New York Times is also home to a debate on the how essential international study is to undergraduate education. Allan Goodman and Stacie Nevadomski Berdan write in favor of international study in all cases, while Curtis Chin articulates that it may not always be the best choice.
In my own experience, studying abroad was something I wanted to do but could not afford — either financially or to complete my course load on a four-year track. I’ve also mentored some students who spent their time abroad hanging out and drinking/eating interesting things without really learning much about the history, culture, or traditions of their new environments, and without challenging coursework during their time away. I think that these choices are inherently personal and will depend on your finances, goals and plans, and studies. However, an international trip may still be ideal even if longer international study is not in the cards.