My name is Timothy (T.J.) Coggins, and I am a research intern at the Lexington Institute. I am new to the Washington, DC metro area as I recently graduated from Cal Poly Pomona with a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy of Law and Society.
I give credit to God, my source of wisdom, for leading me from California to the Washington, DC Metro Area. I also thank the staff at Lexington for providing the opportunity to enhance my knowledge of U.S. defense, national security, and foreign policy issues. Thus far, as a research intern, I have searched for news articles on NATO activity in the Mediterranean, expanded contact lists, and attended events on topics such as the current state of Afghanistan, the Iran nuclear deal, and naval technology and aviation.
As a student I wrote research papers on various topics such as war and environmental degradation, the International Military Tribunal at Nuremberg, the International Criminal Court at The Hague, and Kantian ethics verse Utilitarianism. I also served as Senator-at-Large for Associated Students, Inc. and as president and treasurer of Student Interest Council. As president, I was awarded Honorary Lifetime Membership for my work that helped student organizations on campus. My favorite part of college was being able to mentor younger men by leading Bible studies as a member of Cru.
From ages 8 to 14, I lived in Cambodia where my parents were missionaries, and I also traveled to Thailand, Malaysia, and Vietnam. Some of my hobbies include playing sports such as spikeball, ultimate frisbee, and volleyball, singing a cappella as part of a barbershop chorus, and swing dancing. I also love playing board games with friends, and going on random adventures to new places.
In the near future, I hope to attend graduate school to study international law, international relations, and Middle Eastern studies to improve the war-torn region that lacks peace and stability. I look forward to improving my knowledge and skills as a research intern.
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