UW Passport Assignment- Diversity and Social Justice

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Today I attended the event presented by the Multicultural Student Center (MSC). It was called “A Place at the Table- Community Meal”, located in the Red Gym. I was able to learn more about the Indian culture through an assortment of popular Indian dishes and also by collaborating with different people from all different cultures and backgrounds.

This event made me feel extremely outside my comfort zone. At the event the majority of the students were from different backgrounds and cultures than I. Usually this is not the case, I am used to being in the majority so being put in this situation made me feel very uncomfortable at first. I felt much like Kevin did when he first approached Liberty, timid and awkward. However, once I started to engage with others about their experiences and what they knew about the different types of foods being served. I felt more comfortable and realized that I’m not so different after all. I associated with the man who brought this event to life. He told me about some of the different dishes along with some of the culture behind it.

The food available at this event was, a famous orange curry that you can find almost anywhere in India, a fried donut and a rice and a garbanzo bean dish with a vegan curry. I was a little resistant to try the food at first. I do like to try new things but, I haven’t tried much Indian food due to the fact that I am quite sensitive to spicy foods. However, I was pleasantly surprised by my results. I really enjoyed the orange curry with rice and I enjoyed the donut even though the texture wasn’t what I expected it to be. The garbanzo bean dish with a vegan curry was very spicy for me but, overall I did have a good time and enjoyed the dishes.

After my experience, I learned that I have to be aware of other people’s cultural backgrounds and be more open to meeting people from all walks of life. This was a truly eye opening experience and it made me realize that it is amazing that Madison has such a diverse community. I also realized that I should take advantage of that more in order to expand my Wisconsin experience.

UW Passport Grading Rubric

(Excellent)= A

(Good)= B

(Fair)= C

(Inadequate)= D

Content

Paragraphs offer a thorough reflection of the experience/activity. Student describes, in detail, how the experience influences their WI Experience or understanding of course concepts.

Paragraphs offer a thorough reflection of the experience/activity. Gives some details about the impact the event had on their WI Experience or understanding of course concepts.

Paragraphs offer a basic reflection of the experience/activity. Provides few details about the impact the event had on their WI Experience or understanding of course concepts.

Paragraphs offer a very little reflection and focuses on a summary of the experience/activity. Provides few details or no details about the impact that the event had on their WI Experience or understanding of course concepts.

Clarity & Organization

Ideas are clearly communicated.  Paragraph is logical, and organization is effective.

Minor problems with clarity. There are a few minor organizational problems that do not take away from the flow of the paragraphs . 

Paragraphs are unclear. Fairly significant organizational problems.  

Paragraphs are unclear and lack organization.

Formatting

Paragraphs follow the formatting requirements (font, size, margins, length, & title) and includes a picture.

Paragraphs follow most of the requirements.

Paragraphs follow some of the requirements.

Paragraphs do not follow the requirements.

Effort

Student clearly selected an experience/activity that is outside their comfort zone and describes how the experience/activity is outside of their comfort zone.

Student selected an experience/activity that is outside their comfort zone and somewhat describes how the experience/activity is outside of their comfort zone.

Student selected an experience/activity that fulfills the category requirements, but student does not describe how the experience/activity is outside of their comfort zone.

Student selected an event that does not meet the requirements of the category and does not describe how the event is outside of their comfort zone.

Grammar & Spelling

Paragraph is polished. No grammar or spelling errors.

A few minor grammar and spelling errors.

Many grammar and spelling errors.

Significant problems with grammar and spelling.

UW Passport Two: Academic

This past Tuesday October 6, 2015 I attended the study skills presentation. This presentation has opened my eyes to better study habits that I can use in the future. In high school I didn’t study near as much as I have to here. College is extremely different than high school which requires a change in study habits. This is ultimately a test of trial and error; I, as well as many other college students have to find the best study skills that will help us succeed. Through attending the study skills presentation we were able to visually see, through proof of a graph, that the different study skills work if applied correctly. We were also given a worksheet to evaluate our study skills and take notes.

At the beginning of the presentation we were given a learning styles quiz which consisted of five multiple questions. The questions set up to evaluate how we learn best. Our score depended on which letter we scored the most of which, in turn, determined what type of learner we are. I received mainly A’s which concludes that I am a visual learner. Depending what type of learner we are inflicts the best study habits for us individually. As a visual learner I like to write information out in order to figure out and interpret information so I remember it.

Next, we acknowledged the difference between studying and learning in a T chart. Most of the students who attended, along with myself, classified studying as making sure you know the information you have already learned. We mainly use studying when it comes to quizzes, tests or exams. Learning was represented as gaining new knowledge. We were told to do this in order for us to realize the learning curve of forgetting. From the time of lecture where you first hear the information until the time you study for the test practically zero knowledge is remembered. They explained to us that the best way to retain information so we can stay at a steady pace and not have to relearn all the information in a day or two is to look over your notes once a week, make flash cards as you go and to take your written notes; when writing notes, take only the key information and type it up so it is clear. This way, you only have the important information needed when you go to study. Going to this program made me feel different than before I attended because it made me realize what study habits I should change in order to retain knowledge more efficiently so I am not relearning a months’ worth of information in two nights. Without going to this program I would not have realized these other important study habits which is why I found it very helpful.

UW Passport Grading Rubric

(Excellent)= A

(Good)= B

(Fair)= C

(Inadequate)= D

Content

Paragraphs offer a thorough reflection of the experience/activity. Student describes, in detail, how the experience influences their WI Experience or understanding of course concepts.

Paragraphs offer a thorough reflection of the experience/activity. Gives some details about the impact the event had on their WI Experience or understanding of course concepts.

Paragraphs offer a basic reflection of the experience/activity. Provides few details about the impact the event had on their WI Experience or understanding of course concepts.

Paragraphs offer a very little reflection and focuses on a summary of the experience/activity. Provides few details or no details about the impact that the event had on their WI Experience or understanding of course concepts.

Clarity & Organization

Ideas are clearly communicated.  Paragraph is logical, and organization is effective.

Minor problems with clarity. There are a few minor organizational problems that do not take away from the flow of the paragraphs . 

Paragraphs are unclear. Fairly significant organizational problems.  

Paragraphs are unclear and lack organization.

Formatting

Paragraphs follow the formatting requirements (font, size, margins, length, & title) and includes a picture.

Paragraphs follow most of the requirements.

Paragraphs follow some of the requirements.

Paragraphs do not follow the requirements.

Effort

Student clearly selected an experience/activity that is outside their comfort zone and describes how the experience/activity is outside of their comfort zone.

Student selected an experience/activity that is outside their comfort zone and somewhat describes how the experience/activity is outside of their comfort zone.

Student selected an experience/activity that fulfills the category requirements, but student does not describe how the experience/activity is outside of their comfort zone.

Student selected an event that does not meet the requirements of the category and does not describe how the event is outside of their comfort zone.

Grammar & Spelling

Paragraph is polished. No grammar or spelling errors.

A few minor grammar and spelling errors.

Many grammar and spelling errors.

Significant problems with grammar and spelling.

UW Passport Assignment-Social

The student organization fair was an overwhelming, eye opening experience. My participation reassured me that I do belong in this campus environment. As I walked around I felt more relieved, I was able to interact with a diverse set of people who shared similar interests as I did. There were almost too many organizations that intrigued me! However I started to narrow my decisions down based on what fit with my personality the best while still giving me an opportunity to explore other clubs and organizations that will stretch me beyond my comfort zone.

I had the amazing opportunity of already participating with one of my choice organizations, Cru. They are a Christian organization and one of largest clubs on campus. We meet every Thursday at 8:00pm. The first time going I was extremely nervous and lost, not sure if this would be a solid fit for me. Nevertheless it was at Cru I was able to meet many new friends of similar and different orientation than I. Cru was my first step into knowing what it is like to be part of a club or organization at UW and it exceeded my expectations! Everyone was extremely welcoming, which made me feel relieved since I was having a very difficult time adjusting to college life.

The organizational fair was a wonderful opportunity and I believe it when people tell me about the values of joining organizations as key to embracing the full UW experience. I cannot wait to get involved in the other clubs I signed up for during the fair. Though initially reluctant at participating in the fair I am glad that this class pushed me out of my comfort zone, permitting me to experience what UW-Madison truly has to offer.