After getting rid of tens of thousands of items last year (2009), I ended up counting 288 items today (December 2010). I bet you have much more than you think (according to the , the average American household has more than 300,000 items in it).With only 288 items, my apartment looks like this: By the way, my place always looks this way—I didn’t have to clean it up to take this picture (another benefit of minimalism: less stuff to clean). (Note: I originally wrote down every signal item individually, but it made for a very long and boring list. The nicest thing about creating this list is that I actually use everything I own: everything serves a purpose or brings me joy..pass_color_to_child_links a.u-inline.u-margin-left--xs.u-margin-right--sm.u-padding-left--xs.u-padding-right--xs.u-absolute.u-absolute--center.u-width--100.u-flex-align-self--center.u-flex-justify--between.u-serif-font-main--regular.js-wf-loaded .u-serif-font-main--regular.amp-page .u-serif-font-main--regular.u-border-radius--ellipse.u-hover-bg--black-transparent.web_page .u-hover-bg--black-transparent:hover.
The winner of the contest receives a $2,500 cash prize, an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D. Now in its 21st year, the American Foreign Service Association (AFSA)’s National High School Essay Contest encourages students to think about how and why the United States engages globally to build peace, and about the role that the Foreign Service plays in advancing U. Whether you are addressing the prompt for a second year or are new to the contest, this contest will challenge you to expand your understanding of the role of the Foreign Service and other actors in foreign policy, identify case studies, and provide a sophisticated analysis in a concise manner. In countries affected by or vulnerable to violent conflict, peacebuilding tools are important additions to the national security toolkit.
The essay prompt and a helpful study guide are included below; you can find out more information about the rules and how to submit by checking out AFSA’s essay contest page. Why Diplomacy and Peacebuilding Matter The United States has many tools to advance and defend its foreign policy and national security interests around the world—from diplomatic approaches pursued by members of the Foreign Service, to the range of options available to the U. In such complex environments, cooperation across agencies and approaches is challenging, but it can also blend knowledge and skills in ways that strengthen the overall effort to establish a lasting peace.
J.), India Kirssin (Mason, Ohio), Vaibhav Mangipudy (Plainsboro, N.
J.), William Marsh (Pittsburgh, Penn.), Zahra Nasser (Chicago, Ill.), Elizabeth Nemec (Milford, N. Y.), Max Pumilia (Greenwood Village, Colo.), Nikhil Ramaswamy (Plano, Texas), Aditya Sivakumar (Beaverton, Ore.), Donovan Stuard (Bethlehem, Penn.), Rachel Tanczos (Danielsville, Penn.), Isabel Ting (San Ramon, Calif.), Kimberley Tran (Clayton, Mo.), and Chenwei Wang (Walnut, Calif.). Your task is to provide recommendations to address the refugee/IDP crisis facing the country in which you are now posted.
But, of course, just like some of our aforementioned counting friends, I cheated. And food, yep, that’s one item, too, because, fuck it, why not? Yeah, let’s count those piles of books as one thing. Let’s be clear, I don’t plan on owning 50 or 100 things, and while I started this experiment as a joke, I also wanted to count my stuff so I could, in all honesty, get rid of any superfluous or unused items.
Yes, I cheated by grouping many things into sets: My underwear counts as one thing, right? As I started counting, I discovered that when you write down everything you own, it puts everything into a different perspective and helps us realize we can jettison so many things we don’t use but we’re holding on to just in case. But I challenge you to count your stuff (and be honest when counting it).On the other hand, lack of coordination can lead to duplication of effort, inefficient use of limited resources and unintended consequences.In a 1,000-1,250-word essay, identify two cases—one you deem successful and one you deem unsuccessful—where the U. pursued an integrated approach to build peace in a conflict-affected country. interagency efforts in Iraq and Bosnia were successful in building peace. The 2018 honorable mentions were: Alex, Di Censo (North Kingstown, RI), Alexandra Soo (Franklin, MI), Caroline Bellamy (Little Rock AR), Colin Le Ferve (Indianapolis, IN), Elizabeth Kam (Burlingham, CA), Emma Singh (Tenafly NJ), Emma Chambers (Little Rock AR), Francesca Ciampa (Brooksville, ME), Greta Bunce (Franktown, VA), Isaac Che (Mount Vernon OH), Isabel Davis (Elk River MN), Katrina Espinoza (Watsonvile, CA), Molly Ehrig (Bethlehem, PA), Payton Mc Goldrick (Bristow, VA), Rachel Russell (Cabin John, MD), Sarah Chapman (Tucson, AZ), Shalia Lothe (Glen Allen VA), Sohun Modha (San Jose CA), Suhan Kacholia (Chandler, AZ), Supriya Sharma (Brewster, NY), Sydney Adams (Fort Wayne, IN), Tatum Smith (Little Rock AR), and William Milne (Fort Wayne, IN). Manuel Feigl, a graduate of Brashier Middle College Charter High School in Simpsonville, SC took second place.According to the United Nations, 65 million people worldwide have left their homes to seek safety elsewhere due to violence, conflict, persecution, or human rights violations. Foreign Service —– a diplomat working to promote peace, support prosperity, and protect American citizens while advancing the interests of the United States abroad – and are now assigned to the U. Using the resources available to you as a member of the Foreign Service, write a memo to your Ambassador outlining how the United States might help address the current unprecedented levels of displacement.The majority of these people are refugees or internally displaced persons (IDPs). You may choose to address issues related to the causes of refugee crisis, or to focus on the humanitarian crisis in your host country.Analyze and compare these two cases, addressing the following questions: Jennifer John from Redwood City, CA is the 2018 National High School Essay Contest winner, surpassing close to 1,000 other submissions. Nicholas Deparle, winner of the 2017 AFSA National High School Essay Contest, comes from Sidwell Friends School in Washington DC. Deparle covers the Internally Displaced Persons crisis in Iraq and potential ideas to help resolve the issue. This year there were twenty honorable mentions: Mohammed Abuelem ( Little Rock, Ark.), Lucas Aguayo-Garber (Worcester, Mass.), Rahul Ajmera (East Williston, N.Y.), Taylor Gregory (Lolo, Mont.), Rachel Hildebrand (Sunnyvale, Calif.), Ryan Hulbert (Midland Park, N.Whether you write books, blog posts, emails, Instagram captions, or text messages, you are a writer.No matter your preferred medium, here are a few tips to help you write more effectively.So, for the sake of attenuation, I shortened the categories by adding a count with examples of items underneath each category.) Life Tools & Accessories. There is not a kitchen utensil or piece of furniture or article of clothing that I do not use regularly. Yes, I know I have plenty of clothes, but rest assured, I wear every article on this list.33 items, including my car, guitar, books, hairbrush, toothbrush, etc. 5 groups of items, including food, cleaning supplies, hygiene supplies, office supplies, and paper goods. 19 items, including pots, pans, utensils, coffeemaker, toaster, oven mitt, etc. 6 items, including my bathroom scale, rugs, trash can, shower caddy, etc. 10 items, including my Black Berry, Mac Book, Printer, i Pod, etc. 18 items, including my bed, couch, coffee table, desk, chairs, etc. 14 items, including decorative plants, artwork, digital picture frames, wall clock, etc. 79 items, including jeans, hoodies, T-shirts, button-down shirts, etc. 50 items, including suits, ties, dress shirts, etc. 58 items, including shoes, socks, underwear, belts, gym shorts, coats, etc. And believe me, this year I got rid of five car loads of clothes (no exaggeration) that have been collecting dust in an old basement and piling up over the last decade.