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Terry's Peace Corps Experience: Uralsk, Kazakhstan

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Russian, Reading and Studying (Also traveling and learning about KZ culture)

The peace corps not only gives me the opportunity to volunteer in KZ but I also have time for personal development. However, I hope that I can find the time to actually focus on my personal assignments in addition to delivering everything for IBC.



If time permits, I plan to focus on three key areas while in KZ.

  1. Learn Russian (I have already started my tutoring. I am attending Russian classes two times each week for a total of 3 hours).
  2. Read the top 20 classic of all time (I am shipping them to KZ). I have always focused on business and this is my chance to read the classics. So far, I haven't started my reading since my books haven't arrived. This summer, my father will ship them directly to Uralsk. FYI -- I plan to donate the books to a school or orphanage when I depart from KZ. (It took 13 months to receive the books -- the books spent 9 months in the mail).
  3. Focus on JFK Harvard Public Policy Curriculum (complete two courses) . I will read the following three books - 1 ) David Friedman, Hidden Order: The Economics of Everyday Life 2) Microeconomics, Robert S Pindyck and Daniel L. Rubinfield 3) International Monetray and Financial Economics, Daniels and Van Hoosen. I have received these books but I will most likely start reading them in early Fall).

Top 2O Classic Status (Also a few miscellaneous books):

Name of Book
The Alchemist Paulo Coelho finished
Nostromo Joseph Conrad on shelf
Living History Hillary Rodham Clinton finished
Undaunted Courage Stephen Ambrose on shelf
Hidden Order David Friedman on shelf
Twelve Short Russian Stories Pushkin, Gogol, Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, Leskov, Chekov Read half; on shelf
Madame Secretary Madeline Albright finished
The Great Gatsby Kathleen Parkinson on shelf
The Art of Happiness Dalai Lamai and Howard C. Cutler finished
Shiva the god of power an exctasy Strohl finished
Introduction to Hinduism   finished
The Pilgrimage Paulo Coelho started
A Passage to India E. M. Forster on shelf
1984 George Orwell second read
The Pilgrim's Progress John Bunyan on shelf
Gulliver's Travels Jonathan Swift on shelf
Sybil Flora Rehta Chreiber on shelf
Charterhouse of Parma Stendhal on shelf
Herzog Saul Bellow on shelf
Dubliners James Joyce on shelf
Beloved Toni Morrison on shelf



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