On a quick tram ride to the United Nations, the world’s leaders, diplomats, and ambassadors are brought together to discuss issues ranging from health, labor, and where my interests lay, diplomacy and disarmament. As the flag of member states sway exasperately on sovereign grounds each country no matter how large or small or its political ideologies come together in the interests of mankind.
For five weeks, under the leadership of Professor Denise Garcia, thirty-one innovative and global thinking Northeastern students embarked on a journey to discuss and engage in meaningful conversations and forums on issues such as nuclear proliferation, landmines, arms trade, and Killer Robots. In many regards, we as a society have built our conventional and specialized arsenals to obliterate the entire human population. We discussed and heard about global atrocities and the delicate balance of peace. I think by the end of the trip we all wanted to play a part in making the world a safer place for future generations.
In our leisure time, we often found ourselves sitting on the grass enjoying each other’s company and taking in the gorgeous view of Lake Geneva. Some folks decided to go swimming in the lake, but that wasn’t my cup of tea. During our time in Geneva we hiked up the Salève, a mountain in France, which is equivalent to going up The Prudential THREE TIMES! It was definitely a challenging experience but well worth it once we made it to the top and were able to see this great view.
We also partied, danced, and navigated the city despite our poor French. Geneva is an expensive city so we often indulged in bread and cheese and the occasional shawarma (Lebanese/Turkish sandwich). Through this Dialogue of Civilizations trip to Geneva, I have gained tremendous knowledge and built lifelong relationships that will surpass my years at Northeastern.
Abdul Hafiz, Torch Class 5