I hate politics. Why should I even care about who runs this country anyways?
That wouldn't be the first time I heard that question before. But let me make it as simple as possible. Are those gas prices getting higher? Are you seeing a lot of protests around your country? How about the laws of the land, do you know what they are? Whether you like it or not, Political Science is an important and vital part of every nation. How a country is formed, how it functions, and how it takes care of its own citizens takes a huge toll on all of us. You should care about politics because it shapes your everyday life. What you're learning in school? People in politics decided what you should and should not learn. Want to change that? Get political and change the policies. Don't like that some people have rights and others don't? You guessed it! It's politics. That's the beauty of Political Science! You learn about your rights, what you can do (and can't), and you can make your country better. If you don't ever want to get involved in politics, that's fine! But if you want to know the health of your country, and where it's headed, you should learn more about the political system and politics as a whole.
Why does International Relations matter?
When an engineering major tells me that they think reading the Iran Nuclear Deal is like a foreign language, I tell them I feel the same way when I see numbers on paper. Very few people understand the importance of international relations. But do me a favor: check the tag on the back of your shirt. It most likely says 'China', 'Indonesia', 'Bangladesh', 'Pakistan', 'Mexico', or another country. This is because the shirt, and most likely every other piece of clothing you're wearing, is made by the hands of someone else on the other side of the world. Everything, from the clothes you wear, to the food you eat has to do with International Relations. Wars are fought, lives are lost, peace is made, and lives are saved when different countries come to together for better...or for worse. Without international trade, we may not have access to that beautiful purse from Italy you got your mom. Without diplomatic relations, we may have had another war that costed thousands of lives. Without exchange programs, the next generation might not come to view their 'enemies' as people as well. Foreign Relations occurs between different countries on a daily basis and helps shape our everyday lives, most of the time for the better.
Shall I compare thee to a Summer's day?
No, you shouldn't. While the literature of Shakespeare, Dickens, Steinbeck, and others have influenced nearly all of us in one way or another, we often feel as if we should replicate the masterpieces of these legendary writers. While it is important to observe and be influenced from how these authors have worded their respective pieces, it is even more important to understand that in order to become the master of English you must have one thing: originality. As my former high school math teacher had once told me, "English, the written word, literature...these are mankind's greatest inventions. Math, while important, is second to words on paper." To write well is to be yourself. Let your thoughts flow on every inch of the 8.5 x 11 piece of paper. The written word is ever-evolving. Make it evolve to how you want it.