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.
- Learn Russian (I have already started my tutoring. I am attending Russian classes two times each week for a total of 3 hours).
- 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).
- 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|