Awesome / by Simmon Li

School's chugging along now, so forgive the lack of updates. I've had to suspend a lot of the pleasure reading that I've been doing because of massive reading I have to do for school (mostly for ECO105, but the readings are extremely relevant to what I was reading about anyway, so I enjoy it). In any case, the classes are awesome. It's very interesting doing liberal art courses of the nature that I am, because it's challenging me to draw lines across disciplines that I thought were not remotely related. For example, in the study of the Ancient Greeks (and in particular, the study of polis culture and its implications) I am drawing a lot of insights into not only political systems, but economic systems, and I'm also gaining a good appreciation for how these systems work in parallel with each other in a sort of mutually reinforcing way (in a democratic, or quasi-democratic system in the case of the early Greeks). Needless to say, the introduction to economic principles course is fantastic. I'm being exposed to a lot of reading that I would otherwise not have known to pursue. It's very fun to be thinking about economic principles with a bit more of a basis for understanding, and while I am sure economics isn't my thing, it is very nice to look into the concepts that are referenced in these books that I've been reading. The ideas and processes behind a broad term like "development", "growth", and what those terms means in actual practice for all types of economies. I mean, I think I have a very shallow understanding of macroeconomics, but it's nice to be picking up more knowledge in both micro and macro. All of this serves to inform my opinion on such things, which can only help me to make more relevant judgments.

The international relations course is a bit slow, but I think it will get better. The course itself is really well laid out, but right now we're talking still about the "theoretical tools" needed to look at globalization/events of interest. The study of international relations is interesting at the end of the tunnel, but I can certainly understand the importance of following each development, and the implications of those events. So far, what we've talked about so far are how the decisions that got made were made, and it is a little dry. I mean, there are a lot of levels to a decision, and while it wasn't explicitly laid out in my head before, I knew that it was never just a simple up or down process.

In summary, assignments are on the go now, and I am planning on actually starting on the architecture assignment so that I don't have to worry about it. I'm also pretty keen to start on the classics one (coincidentally, both of those are my half year courses in first year).