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Anjali, Student

365体育备用网址Anjali is a Summer Academy student from New York, New York and took our course, 'Inside the Hill: Government, Law, and Ethics.'

Why did you decide to study at The School of The New York Times?

I liked the offered courses.

Which course did you take and why?

I took the Inside the Hill: Government, Law, and Ethics course at the Washington campus. I chose this course because I wanted to learn about the importance of ethics and law with current and past governments.

If you had to name one thing that you learned from your time here, what is that one takeaway that will stay with you?

A key takeaway for me was the importance of different perspectives. I learned so much from my peers who lived in different places, were of different socioeconomic background, race, and upbringing. Their viewpoints and opinions created a more multi-dimensional conversation around controversial topics like immigration or abortion. This was a contrast to my very homogeneous and like-minded school and as a result led to what I believed to be more engaging conversations and debates.

What was your favorite site visit?

365体育备用网址My favorite site visit was the Newseum because there were so many different exhibits. I learned about everything from LGBTQ+ rights and Stonewall to the Holocaust and the Berlin wall.

Who was the most memorable guest speaker?

365体育备用网址The most memorable guest speaker for my class was Clark Neily. I think he was the most interesting speaker for two reasons. First, he was the Defense Attorney for a Supreme Court case we had studied, and second because he actually represented a side of an argument which I did not agree with. I’ve been pretty set on that opinion of mine for a while, but he was able to present his side in an extremely reasonable and logical manner that allowed me to understand all aspects of the controversy.

365体育备用网址What were your faculty like?

My faculty were very knowledgeable in the subjects they were teaching. Despite this expertise, they were not overly intimidating and made the classroom a comfortable space to ask questions and explore different ideas.

What does The New York Times mean to you?

The New York Times is a reliable, somewhat liberal news source for me. The reason I consider it somewhat liberal is because most of the beliefs expressed seem to align with my personal beliefs, but I do recognize that it is supposed to be a bipartisan news source, which I think the opinion articles are a testament to, as they look at arguments from all sides.

What does it mean to you to study in Washington, DC?

365体育备用网址Studying politics in DC for me meant being in the center of the action. I absolutely loved that we were able to read about Supreme Court trials and then go to the actual Supreme Court building. Being in DC meant being able to see everything we studied up close and live action.

What do you think you want to be when you grow up?

I’m not quite sure what I want to be when I grow up, but given my interest in political science, I hope to do some sort of work with politics, whether that be law, government, or even ethics.

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