After a long hiatus from blogging, which was predominantly due to a lengthy period of intellectual dormancy brought on by five months living in the suburbs of New Jersey and having a job in construction, I have finally decided to start blogging again.
For those who don’t know, I am currently living in London where I am pursing a masters degree in Middle East Politics at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS). The program, which is a year long, has thus far proven to be extremely interesting, fulfilling and work intensive. My professors and classmates are are diverse and I think it is safe to say that they are, for the most part, cut from a different cloth.
In terms of living accommodations, I live in an institution called Goodenough College which is, from what I am told, similar to the “college”-type setting found at Oxford and Cambridge. Students here at Goodenough are all studying at the post-graduate level and thus far I have met some very intelligent, motivated, and outgoing individuals. There is a very scholarly air to the place although people still manage to throw down quite frequently.
As you might imagine, my day-to-day life is perhaps a bit more mundane than that of my time in Cairo so I’m going to be writing about a bit more academic issues, in a bit more academic style. Aside from expressing my opinions, ideas, and beliefs that arise from lectures, readings, and current events, blogging in such a manner is going to serve as good practice for my forthcoming essays that are due throughout the year. In essence, I need to get my fingers and mind moving again.
I hope that everyone finds my posts to be interesting and insightful and as usual, feedback and commentary are always welcomed.