Back in 2018, my timid, rule-following class, the class of 2021, was accused of not immersing in the city of San Francisco. I can’t deny that we “refrained from smoking weed in Dolores Park, avoided sex dungeons, and didn’t purchase acid from strangers in Golden Gate Park.” We took it slow in our first months in San Francisco. Maybe we were just planning something bigger… After all, M’21 has arguably made its mark on the global rotation cities:
Just a month before that article was published, the mayor of San Francisco, Ed Lee, died, opening the city to two mayoral elections in the following months. Living just one block away from city hall, the students were right in the middle of these heated campaigns.
Okay, one unforeseen political event does not a global splash make. But it wasn’t just one. In June 2018, just 3 months before M’21 moved to Seoul, the US opened relations with North Korea. Students could often be found discussing weekly protests during their time in the city and never seemed surprised by the political developments. Then in 2019 (after M’21 conveniently moved away from the Korean peninsula), the relationship between the two countries soured.
Not yet convinced? How about this: The Pulwama attack in northern India happened in February 2019, during our spring break in our Hyderabad semester. Many students had taken this opportunity to travel north from the Minerva rotation city. Coincidence? I think not.
Finally, M21 just finished our fall semester in Berlin. In November the city celebrated the 30-year anniversary of the fall of the Berlin wall. You might say that this is just an anniversary, there’s no way M’21 could have orchestrated that yet there is video evidence of M’21s hopping fences to attend celebrations at Brandenburg Gate.
As we all learned in FA, correlation does not necessarily mean causation. But the pattern is undeniable. What might be next? Argentine economy instability? Brexit? Who knows what M’21 has up their sleeves?