What We're Reading

"What a Trump America Can Learn from a Berlusconi Italy" New York Times

"The Black Swan President" Politico Magazine

"Teaching 1984 in 2016" The Atlantic

"Zadie Smith on the Politics of Fiction" The Atlantic

"Out Of The Gate And Into The Fire" Hoover Institution


Meet Kathy

My name is Leanna Kathleena (yes, that is my entire first name) or Kathy for short. I am 17 years old, a freshman at CAS studying Economics and either International Relations or Politics. The study of intergovernmental relations and politics has proven itself to be my natural calling. Having lived in a variety of cultural environments—from bustling Manila, to chic Los Angeles, ever-changing Singapore, rural England, and most recently, suburban Houston—I have grown up with a full perspective of the world. Little fun fact about me: I have traveled to approximately 50 cities in 17 countries, an achievement that I am proudly honored to have accomplished at such a young age. Apart from my international affairs and politics related interests, I am a huge fan of classic music, movies, and literature. Bob Dylan, The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, and Janis Joplin are among my favorite musicians; Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Apocalypse Now, The Godfather, and Lawrence of Arabia are some favorite movies, and Catcher in the RyeCatch-221984, and A Tale of Two Cities, my favorite literature. Additionally, an enormous part of my life has been Model United Nations. Having been a delegate for the past three years, MUN has taught me so much more about the world than I could have dreamed. I learned about economics, politics, humanitarian efforts, disarmament, world health, and war to a degree that makes me certain a career in international relations would be the perfect path to take. Especially considering the forum of debate, MUN is a manner in which informed, interested young international relations enthusiasts are able to voice their opinions, receive feedback, and respond to criticism.

Through my column on this blog I hope to share my own opinion about the world, no matter how insignificant the voice of a young college student may  be in the realm of global politics. I tend to gravitate towards more socioeconomic issues, particularly those that affect the lower class and underprivileged. In terms of a regional preference, I have been strongly influenced by my own travels, which were mostly in Europe and Southeast Asia. I look forward to reading your responses, especially your criticisms and concerns about anything I write!

Discussion: NYC Mayoral Elections