Peace Scholar Post: “Thoughts on the ISS Student Body” by Brendan Crosby

Thoughts on the ISS Student Body

My name is Brendan Crosby. I was born and raised in St. Paul, Minnesota but most of professional experience has been spent working abroad in places like China, Paraguay and South Sudan. I am currently pursuing a Masters in Public Affairs at the Humphrey School. This past spring I was awarded a fellowship to study international development at the International Summer School at the University of Oslo. Given Norway’s reputation as a leader in the field of development, there is no better place to study. The rigorous classes will give me an opportunity to share my experiences as an international development practitioner while learning from other development professionals from across the globe. It will also broaden my knowledge base as I further my career at home or abroad.

Classes begin Monday, June 24 and I am very excited to get to work with my classmates. So far, I have been very impressed with the people I have met. Today for example, I sat down to lunch with a health worker from Tanzania, a Norwegian Embassy staff member from Zimbabwe and an economics professor from Sri Lanka. All were welcoming and, like me, eager to learn about one another and their respective cultures. As someone who enjoys learning from other cultures and through experience, I can tell that studying in Oslo this summer will be an excellent opportunity to exchange ideas, learn about different cultures and work towards a more just and peaceful society with like minded people from all corners of the globe!

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