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Fall 2016

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Andres – I touched them all (Project)

For the community, as I presented earlier, I decided to reach out to the International Students. Specially freshmen coming into the U.S. for the first time. The idea is to send every international student a random card to their CPO, and have them trade them if they got repeated cards. This (hopefully) would make them laugh a little bit, and help them avoid some awkward encounters with others.

 

I sent the jpegs to the person in charge of the International Students, and we are working out on how to do this better. I will have more information on it as I solve how to go about it. Here is the link to the other Illustrations

 

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Andres – Touching the heart of a community

Although I am technically not an international student, I grew up abroad, and I am fairly new to this country. One of the communities I am a part of, that I constantly interact with is the international students community!

S: We come from abroad

A: We are to america like fish are to ground

M: My experience here is that of an alien that’s arriving to a new planet

 

S: We miss home

A: Home is like brownie

M: Home is like brownie, when you can’t eat gluten anymore

 

S: We have friends that understand us

A: We are like this penguins that always walk together in mass

M: We gravitate together, like molecules in water

 

S: We are different

A: We are the ‎ñ to this country’s alphabet

M: We are the ‎ñ to this country’s alphabet, could be a part of it, but not really.

 

S: We get misunderstood

A:We are an instruction manual in portuguese

M:We are an instruction manual in portuguese, we’re here but because not many people read portuguese, not many even tries to read it/

 

S: Sometimes we are alone

A: We’re pennies

M: We are in this country like a penny on the street

 

S: We Like changes

A: We are lik hermit crabs

M: We are like those hermit crabs, always changing our home

 

S: We are misteated because we are misunderstood

A:  We are like  harambe.

M: Gentle creatures that just want to be left alone.

 

S: We help eachother

A: We are links of a chain

M: We are links of a chain that’s always expanding

Challenge

We need encouragement as int’l students to say here, understand and have patience with this foreign culture (to us). One of the biggest struggles is to stay here, and not go back home.

Proposal

My proposal would be to make encouraging cards to every int’l student to keep their chins up, specially new students, with PLT’s about america and college in general.

 

Round Tables – NW

Last semester, I went to a College that wasn’t Judson. While I was there, I began to appreciate some things about Judson that I hadn’t given as much thought to as before. One of those was the sense of community.

One of the reasons I didn’t feel a strong sense of community at my school was that there was no place everyone gathered at once. Even orientation ran in rotations of smaller groups of students. I missed places like Chapel and the Cafeteria where large groups of students gather.

Sharing a meal together has always brought people together. However, people don’t always utilize this opportunity to foster community. It’s too easy to go, eat, and leave.

The Cafeteria Community:

s We swipe in, we eat, we leave.
a Swiping into a meal is to paying for the buffet option.
m Caf meals are buffet style.

s We wander around, looking for what to eat and where to sit.
a Getting to a table without bumping into someone is like bowling a perfect game.
m Sitting untouched is a perfect game.

s We sit at tables of two, four, or eight.
a Choosing a table is to choose your community.
m Tables are communities.

s We complain, even though people made food for us.
a Preparing food for college kids is to giving a toddler a pacifier. They will inevitably spit it out, cry, and want it again.
m College kids are toddlers.

s On fried-food days, the smell sticks to our clothes the rest of the day.
a Fried food smell after dinner is to burs after a hike.
m Fried food smell is a bur on my clothes.

s We shoot crumpled napkins into each others’ cups.
a Crumpled napkins and cups are to basketballs to hoops.
m Dinner is a pick-up game.

s Sometimes we take each others’ dishes just to be helpful.
a Taking someone else’ dishes is to complimenting someone.
m Serving is a compliment.

s Sometimes we sit with people we don’t know.
a To meet people is to reach out.
m Making friends is reaching out.

s Usually, we sit with people we do know.
a Eating with friends is to
m Eating with friends is

s Whether we sit with people we do or don’t know, we often ask the same questions.
a Sharing a meal is to rehearse for a play.
m Conversation is rehearsed.

Challenges:
Eating in the cafeteria has the potential to be a positive community-building experience, but many people don’t see it as that kind of opportunity. Instead, the cafeteria has a tendency to become a mundane part of every day – a place that serves my need to eat and relax between classes. People often get stuck in the routine of sitting with the same people, asking the same questions or making the same complaints.

Proposal: Conversation Cards
Each table would have a box or instruction card inviting people to participate by asking a question from a set of printed cards. These questions would help people engage with each other in a refreshing, approachable way.

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