After being gone on study abroad for more than one quarter I was feeling a bit anxious about being back at UW Tacoma. The night before the first day of classes, I remember having butterflies in my stomach; I felt like a freshman all over again. I had to reorient myself once I arrived on campus. Seeing my old friends, and new faces on campus was also an adjustment. Realizing that my social circles were still there and active while I was abroad was also a reminder that life still goes on, even when your miles away.
Welcome to the new GH Blog!
The Global Honors Program is the University of Washington Tacoma's interdisciplinary honors program, adding distinction to the bachelor's degree. It offers a global curriculum, a stimulating learning environment and an active community of high-achieving, motivated students from majors across campus. Through rigorous core seminars, immersive study abroad opportunities, and extra-curricular events, honors scholars embark on enriching pathways to community leadership and global citizenship.
The Global Honors student blog is a forum for program participants to share their experiences, thoughts and advice. Official program information and other details can be found on our website.
It feels awesome to be embraced by the GH cohort once again. I'm taking GH490 Research Method instructed by Chris this quarter. Two credits sounds like a little, but actually takes more efforts than I expected. In a word, a limited choice of word to describe my feeling, the class is ,awesome.
PART II OF II OF DANE'S BLOG ENTRY (continued from 10/20/2015).
I would like to share some suggestions that I have been exposed to and I ask my reader to consider:
When you are the type of student who wants to do the very best job that he or she can, the type of student who wants to get top notch grades, acquire scholarships and fellowships and get into a reputable graduate program, life can sometimes seem like an endless series of arbitrary hoops to jump through. Filling out application forms and writing personal statements becomes a routine part of life. There will be meetings with instructors, emailed questions to administrators, and regular rounds of reference requests to faculty.
In celebration of International Education Week, I have been asked to share my thoughts on my recent study abroad experience. I will, just for a moment, step up onto my soap box and shout at the students within the sound of my voice: GO STUDY ABROAD! I will then step down off of my soap box and provide you with a little more logic than a shout and a shake of the pompoms.
My name is Beleqsa Tamaami, and this is my second year in the Global Honors Program. I am majoring in Global Studies with a minor in Global Engagement and Asian Studies. Currently, I am studying abroad at Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane, Morocco for a fall semester exchange, and I also participated in a one-month UWT study abroad program in Beijing, China during the summer. With that being said, in no particular order, here is what study abroad has meant to me:
In my first quarter at UW Tacoma and in Global honors, I have felt so welcomed in this great community. In my Re-Orienting the Global class taught by Professor Divya McMillin and Mr. Brian Golob, there is great opportunity to hear from many perspectives, because everyone has a different background and plan of study. I have been able to meet several members of the working community along the way, while connecting the dots with globalization through the curriculum and personal experience.
Hi! I am Heather Swanson and I’m new to the 2015 Global Honors Cohort. Despite my social awkwardness and social anxiety, I’ve been making an effort to participate in Global Honors events and other events that Global Honors students have been invited to attend. I’ve already attended a few events and I’m planning to attend more events soon.
My name is Kailun Dong, and I am a veteran in the Global Honors Program. I participated in the program as a junior, my first year of full-time study at an accredited college (excluding a quarter at UCLA for a reciprocal exchange program two years ago), so at that time a lot of things were challenging, including the Global Honors Program.
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