Because of my wide range of interests, I have not yet decided what career path to follow into the future. In the short run, I hope to study abroad for a year, in the process immersing myself in another culture, and deepening my personal and academic understanding of international affairs. After studying abroad, my options would include working for a nonprofit organization, entering the corporate world, and attending law school. In the long run, I envision for myself a career straddling the highest levels of international relations, politics, and business. I could achieve this admittedly ambitious goal by advancing within a nonprofit group, think tank, or major international company. Perhaps most appealingly, I could also achieve this goal by entering public service and obtaining some degree of influence over actual foreign policy decisions -— that is, becoming a player myself in the real-life game of Diplomacy.
Both are perfectly valid abstractions. Symbolic abstraction is the traditional form, because it runs well on the pencil-and-paper operating system that was dominant for hundreds of years.* * "Mathematica" is an emulation of the pencil-and-paper operating system on the computer operating system. It's like running a command line terminal in a window, to emulate a VT100 on your Mac. Both emulators offer some extra features — scrollback and selection in Terminal, solving and plotting in Mathematica. But the way we think about our work remains the same. Visual abstractions were difficult to generate until recently, and are still difficult to make interactive.