I can’t believe that it’s nearing the end of 2018. 2 years ago, I was at the end of my A Levels, trying to decide what to do next.
I knew I wanted to do something that stretched my brain and allowed me to develop my analytical skills. In the end, it was between a math degree and a politics one. I chose politics and I haven’t regretted it since.
I’ll admit that every year, as that dreaded exam time comes closer and I see the stack of notes that I have to get through, I do wonder why I didn’t take at least one math course. Saying that, I have yet to sit down and have a serious urge to change degrees and do something else with my life. As I enter the third year of my degree, none of this has changed (yet) and here’s why.
It’s not just about memorising facts
I think a lot of people think that essay subjects, whether it’s history, foreign policy analysis or political science, are all about memory. I’ve met people who leave studying till the last minute, memorise an essay and hope for the best.
For me, it’s so much more than that. It’s not all about memorising this date and that statistic. Sure, I have to sit down and learn stacks of information, but once I have that information at my fingertips, I get to apply it and that’s what I love most.
It’s all so current
As I mentioned above, it’s the application of the material that I love the most. I won’t lie, it takes a lot of time to get to a point when you understand the concepts well enough to form an opinion about them and develop the ability to judge the world based on that opinion. But… once you get there, well, it’s great!
This year, I’m studying Nationalism and International Relations, International Political Economy, as well as International Political Thought and International Organizations. There is so much happening in the world that links to these modules; whether its Trump’s ‘America First’ stance, England’s ‘Brexit’ or the rise of various nationalist parties. Before, these events would be just that, events. I knew they were important, I knew that they grabbed people’s attention. But now I understand why that’s so. I can tell people why I think something is happening, and what it could mean for the future. I get to understand the issue and be a part of the discussion and, for me, that’s what’s important.
In the end…
I think you guys can see that politics is definitely a ‘yay’ for me. I hope it’s the same for you. This is my first post on the UOL student blog. So, I’d like to end by saying … Hi, I’m Iman. I hope you enjoyed reading this post as much as I liked writing it. I hope to contribute a lot more real soon!
Iman is studying the BSc Politics and International Relations in Pakistan.