In honor of graduation being 25 days away, I thought I’d make a post about things I’m grateful for that Global Engagement provided me throughout my college experience.
- First and foremost, I am grateful for the financial scholarship that the GEF program provided in order to allow me to realize my dreams of studying abroad in college. Without that financial assistance, I never would have been able to afford travel on my own, especially twice, to both Germany and Italy. Knowing as a freshman that I would have the help I needed to travel allowed me to start planning early and compare my options for where I wanted to go.
- I am thankful for the community that the GEF class first semester freshman year established for me as an out-of-state college student and the tone it set for my college years that inspired me to stay globally connected. I loved having several familiar faces from that class across campus that I could connect with about our global interests, activities on campus, and just how college was going, in general.
- Although I tended to go to events and be involved with cultural groups that I already held previous interest in, such as those related to Slavic cultures, I appreciate the wide range of cultural and globally-oriented groups and activities that were available, which provides opportunity to learn something new and become even more connected to the differences of people across the globe. Especially at the yearly Global Engagement Day, I loved hearing anecdotes from others that also studied abroad but in areas very physically and culturally different than where I traveled to, because it offered new perspectives on the world. In a way, this was a small glimpse into visiting these places for myself, without actually doing so.
- Lastly, I am thankful that I had another motivator, besides my own interests, in remaining connected to campus activities and seeking out fresh perspectives on cultural differences. Being a double major, a part-time student employee, and maintaining a social life through school, it would have been more difficult to continue global involvement once schoolwork and other responsibilities started piling up. I am very grateful to have had the opportunity to participate in the Global Engagement Fellowship program throughout my college experience and will always treasure the opportunities and global perspectives this program provided me!