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Name: Yutong “Auggie” Zhou
Hometown: Beijing, China
College: George Washington University
Degree: B.A. in CommunicationS (Minor in Journalism and Mass Communication and in French Language and Literature)
What got you interested in politics?
I got interested in politics when I participated in model U.N. back in high school. I enjoyed debating politics and international affairs. One of my history courses called “Revolution and Reform” also got me interested in politics when I learned about major political changes across the world since 15 th century until now. I especially enjoyed analyzing the causes of these movements.
What is your favorite Monument in Washington D.C.?
My favorite monument in D.C. is African American Civil War Memorial. I know it might be a bit obscure but it is a memorial on the corner of Vermont Avenue and U Street commemorating the African American soldiers and sailors who served in American Civil War for the liberty of the Union. The memorial shows a very strong and powerful image of liberty, reminding people of the spirit of freedom.
What is your favorite book?
My favorite book is Tocqueville’s “The Old Regime and the Revolution.”
Besides politics, I would love to own a vineyard and become a winemaker.
If you could witness any historical event, what would you want to see?
I would want to see the storming of the Bastille. The event was the flashpoint of the French revolution which I would argue is the basis of world politics since then.