So, in my “down time” of which there is not much, I have been reading current and old issues of “WorldView” the magazine of the National Peace Corps Association. In the issue from Winter 2009 there was a great article calling for a reframing of the Peace Corps for the 21st century. The author, Joby Taylor, Ph.D. put the goals of the Peace Corps best in the following statement: “The Peace Corps, at its best, is a transformative personal experience for our own citizens and their host country counterparts; it is a grassroots development agency offering an effective hand up (not a hand out) in thousands of communities around the world; and it is the smartest “smart power” in our international affairs portfolio. This integration of goals is the elegant genius of the Peace Corps.” That, in a nutshell is why I decided to pursue a Master’s International through Cornell University and the Peace Corps. I am able to couple academic studies, research and field experience into a three-year masters program that I am sure will be not only the experience of a lifetime but also an experience that transforms lives in the years to come.