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About (2016)

Welcome to my blog, which I aspirationally titled “Free Spirit Runner” when I created it to share my reflections on and experiences in Marquette University’s South Africa Service Learning Program in fall 2008.  My sporadic blogging over the past years has centered on my semester in Cape Town, South Africa and my later experiences as a secondary school teacher with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps in Moshi, Tanzania (see the 2008 and 2010 iterations of this “About” page for more context).  My best intentions to the contrary have not been enough to keep me blogging consistently, but I still aim to be both a free spirit and a runner along my life journey of faith and discovery.

In recent years, I have returned to higher education in the midst of my larger efforts to make sense of the world and my own life.  I studied international affairs at American University and received my MA through its Comparative and Regional Studies program in August 2015.  That fall, I embarked on my latest adventure in academia by entering Georgetown University’s government (a.k.a. political science) PhD program.

The immediate impetus for diving back yet again into blogging is my participation in the Critical Language Scholarship Program‘s two-month intensive Kiswahili language immersion program in Arusha, Tanzania.  Both during the program and beyond, I look forward to once again sharing my reflections and perspectives with you, and appropriate and respectful comments are always welcome.  Of course, you can always skip over my writings, particularly the occassional political rant, and go through the accompanying pictures.  Needless to say, the views expressed here are mine alone and not those of the U.S. State Department, the American Councils for International Education, or any other person or entity.  (Even I don’t agree with everything I have previously written for this blog!)

Thank you for stopping by Free Spirit Runner and please stop by again when you have time.

May the Truth always set us free,

Andy

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