I just remember being shellshocked because I had had literally no idea that this kind of stuff was happening. I mean obviously I was vaguely aware that we were at war, but just the details of what was going wrong and how poorly managed the decision making from Washington had been really stuck with me for some reason. After that, I added an [International Relations] major. I changed my focus in school. I started applying to jobs in this field. And so, I do think that growing up with those wars in the backdrop – in very specific and very broad ways – has really shaped my perspective and my professional goals.
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