Essay on Global Citizenship
Global Citizenship is one of the three competencies required by Minnesota State Mankato's Honors program. In my First Year Experience class we spent a portion of the semester learning how language and culture relate to each other and the importance of having a global mindset. Writing this essay helped me reflect upon what I have learned over the course of the semester and how my experiences can help me become a better global citizen.
Critical Incident Journals
Over the course of my first year experience class I was asked to keep a journal of different events I attended and experiences I had. I attended a deaf event on campus with my sign language class where a deaf presenter lectured about deaf culture and sign language. Attending this event where I was surrounded by deaf individuals and sign language gave me a small understanding of what it is like to be a member of the deaf community.
One program I participated in during my first semester was the Language Partner Program at MSU. In the program, honors students who volunteer are paired with international students as conversation partners. The program is a great way to improve global competency by learning about another individual's culture and their point of view on key issues. I feel as though I am more globally competent since participating in the program.
During my spring 2017 semester at Minnesota State University, Mankato, I had the opportunity to participate in several community service events. I engaged in MLK day of service here at MNSU, Munch with the Mavs at a local elementary school, and organized a volunteer event at ECHO Food Shelf for my pledge group as part of the Delta Sigma Pi professional business fraternity. I have been so blessed in my life so I feel like the least I can do is attempt to give back to the community any way that I can.