Friday, February 13, 2015

WorldQuest: A Clash of the Brightest and Mightiest

Written By: Liz Neduva
Program Intern, World Affairs Council of Atlanta
Published: 2/13/2015

As dramatic as my introduction may sound, I could not be more serious about how concentrated and determined these young adults portrayed themselves at our competition last Saturday. As someone who was in charge of the prep work and constantly behind the scenes, it was refreshing to see young talent blossom before my eyes. These 32 high school geniuses spent sleepless nights studying Russian politics, Chinese foreign policy, United Nations’ millennium development goals and an array of other topics in order to compete and become the WAC Atlanta Champions. Sensing international interest after talking with a few of these young adults has restored my faith in the future generation. They were all so driven and so confident when asked about global problems such as unemployment and social unrest. I am sure that out of these students, we can find our next Ambassador to Chile or our next Chief of Staff. Creating environments in which young students can expand their global view is incredibly important. We live in a world that changes every day and we must adapt to those changes. Half of that adaption must take place with a global perspective. We are all global citizens and we must behave as such. WorldQuest motivates these young adult to think outside of their comfort zone and learn new things and experience new cultures. I am very proud to say that I participated in creating such a great event for our younger generation. And in the words of Yoda “Many of the truths that we cling to depend on our point of view,” so expand your mind and look at the globe at a different angle.