In 2005, I had the chance to study abroad in London, UK. It was significant to me for a few reasons. I had never traveled abroad and this trip was the impetus for me actually getting a passport. Also this experience was transformative because it was during this trip, while studying British Politics, the EU, and economics, that I decided to change my major in school to political science so that I could pursue my passion and interest in civics, engagement, policy, and political systems.
The trip will always be memorable to me, because my first trip abroad would also be influenced by the growing threat of terrorism. While I was in class on July 7, 2005, four bombs would explode across London on the trains and buses during rush hour, including at the train station and bus route closest to where I lived for the summer. Witnessing the fear and tragedy that accompanied that experience really clarified for me how policies and political decisions affect our lives and our security in really consequential ways. It was an event that heightened my interest in pursuing policy and my desire to only work on things that I felt would truly make a difference in our world.
Cory works in work in Silicon Valley in product optimization with the user's experience at the forefront of his work. Corey is also the founder and a blogger for Collected Young Minds, a site dedicated to giving a voice to millennials to think, discuss, and engage on issues that matter to them. Corey has been blogging for over five years, mostly inspired to write about politics, activism, and civic engagement, which gave birth to the idea for CYM.
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