Sometimes your impressions are true. Sometimes when you meet a professor you realize he or she really is a genius and the smartest person in the room. But then there is everyone else.
This summer I'm working for 5 Georgetown professors. And some of them are major heavyweights. One was once a special assistant to the Secretary of State. Another directs the Center for International Law and Politics. And another was a U.S. Army captain specializing in intelligence. Pretty cool. It's amazing being around these people and already I'm learning a lot. The guy who was the special assistant used to host three PBS shows. American Interests, World Beat and Great Decisions, and I've been doing some work on the episodes. I've already watched shows where he interviews Rumsfeld, Kissinger, and Brzezinski. Amazing.
I mention this to show that I am indeed impressed and have so much to learn. But, at the same time, many of them have most of their books written by people like. They need to be smart... but I don't think the genius gene is required. And that gives me hope. I'm so happy to be learning from these people and glad that instead of being completely discouraged by my incompetence, I have some hope.
But I also know too that if I really want to do this stuff I have to leave Chicago, and least for a good amount of time. That's never a scary thought for me... until I do it. It's a little sad here. I miss knowing where I am at all times and being close to my friends and family. And I realize I can make new friends. But it's not the same. I think this is all worth it. I know it is. I'm glad I'm here. But it's definitely not easy.
Not sure what the point of this blog was. Sometimes you need to ramble. Anyways... back to work.