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Review for World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

Through the World Affairs Council, I have been exposed to opportunities that I never could have imagined being able to do before. As a senior in a local high school, the Council has offered me countless opportunities at minimum costs that I have enjoyed greatly. From attending a conference on US-Cuban relations to a panel in which Muslim community leaders discussed the impacts that the election has had on their lives, the events and speakers that I have attended have enriched my learning and given me perspectives that I never would have considered. All too often we only hear one side of a story, and it was very refreshing to be able to hear the other side of the story, especially when it came to how Muslims felt about the 2016 election. By organizing this event, they were able to give a view that very few would have been able to see.

I am also a participant with an online program sponsored by the Council, which focuses on global issues and allows us a space to freely discuss current events and other interesting developments in the world. It also provides us with the ability to learn more about the world around us, which I very much enjoyed, since we were able to discuss topics that we were passionate about and learn new things as well.

It is also through the Council that I was able to better explore my cultural identity. As a first generation immigrant from China, I am very curious about other cultures, and the World Affairs Council partnered with the Nicholas Sparks Foundation to create a short documentary. (LinK: https://vimeo.com/165179621). It is because of these opportunities that I have been able to explore my passion, and a large part of why I decided to major in International Relations in college is due to the experiences that the World Affairs Council has offered me. The World Affairs Council offers truly phenomenal experiences that has really broadened my views of the world around me.

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