The international group that I joined this semester was an Informed Citizens Discussion Group. We met weekly to discuss political issues and current events. Because of the election, most of our discussions tended to focus on domestic rather than international issues, but we certainly talked about issues of global relevance as well. I can be pretty quiet at times, so most weeks I would just enjoy listening to a lot of different perspectives on an issue without necessarily sharing my own. Unfortunately, that also means I’m not really sure what to write in this blog post.
I think if I were to draw any conclusions from my experience with ICDG this semester it is that while listening to my peers discuss the issues for an hour each week is interesting and good, it’s not enough for me to truly feel like an “informed citizen.” I don’t like to form opinions on topics that I feel I don’t know enough about, and I quickly realized my lack of knowledge on current events. I suppose the point of this blog post is to say I have a lot to learn if I want to gain the depth of understanding I’d like to have about all that is going on in the world today. The pursuit of this kind of knowledge is especially important now given the tumultuous state our country is in and the uncertainty that the next year brings.