Betina K. Choa
Class of 2021
My name is Betina (she/hers), and home for me is Manila, Philippines. I was drawn to Global Affairs because of its cross-cutting nature, allowing me to explore my interests across disciplines, methods, historical and geographical sites. Beyond the classroom, I received the opportunity to participate in different programs that furthered my Global Affairs interests: a Week 7 LAB on Spaces of Globalization in Singapore, the Yale-NUS Summer Institute in Global Strategy and Leadership at Yale University, and the International Honors Program: Human Rights, a multi-country program spanning the U.S., Chile, Nepal and Jordan. Through all these opportunities, I learned more about various human rights regimes and praxes, and reflected on my own questions about power and people.
All in all, through the major, I have the opportunity to draw connections between international relations concepts and sociological lenses, between state actors and societies, and between myself and the world I see.
As a Global Affairs major, I’ve become particularly interested in development, human rights, migration, and governance. I am also learning more about the critiques of these fields, particularly through the lenses of colonialism and imperialism.
Understanding more about international development in consideration of these critiques is a puzzle I am trying to learn more about through my capstone on American educational aid in Mindanao, Philippines.
Beyond the major proper, I find myself drawn to political and moral philosophy classes, as well as art, music, and theatre as expressions of the world. Finding some unsurprising intersections of all these things with the things I’ve learned through my major brings me much joy.