Describe an event in the world that has affected you this year. How? Why?
I try to not let so many world events affect my daily life–especially since they tend to be overblown by every keyboard pundit on the internet. That being said, the Hong Kong protests have caused me to reevaluate my online presence and my digital footprint by reminding me how much of our activity online is surveilled without our consent. Additionally, I’m trying to keep my carbon footprint as small as I can make it (within reason) because I understand that the current scientific consensus is that a runaway greenhouse effect is imminent and that–contrary to what the doomsayers may prefer–even little, personal changes here and there can lead to big changes down the line.