UW Passport Assignment–Diversity

I went to my friend Michael’s Small Group Bible Study in Asian American Intervarsity yesterday evening. Both of my parents are agnostics, so naturally I became an agnostic as well. Though my maternal grandfather who is a Christian paster has been trying very hard to convince me to convert ever since I was born, I never budged. Nevertheless, I thought I should at least try things out and understand more about Christians like my grandfather.

At first, I was a little bit uncomfortable and nervous being the only non-christian in the room. Fortunately, everyone was being really friendly and welcoming to me. They were just like the rest of us when they were not talking about God or religion. The group leader Brandon gave us a handout from the Gospel of John 1:35-51. Then we sat in a circle and each one of us read two verses in order. The next thing we did was the observation of the text, like finding rhetorical strategies and what messages John was trying to convey. The one I found was that the “Lamb of God” was a metaphor. Then we asked questions about things that we did not understand and tried to answer each other’s questions. They would constantly slow down or stop to make sure that I was following, which helped me understand the text a lot better. They also reflected on the past semester and the retreat they went last week. Most of it was confessing about what they did wrong and how they could do better. Afterwards, they ended the session with prayers.

Studying the text with other people was definitely more helpful than just reading this section of Bible by myself. They pointed out a lot of things that I would not notice otherwise. I would not say that going to this Bible study session has made me want to convert, but it was absolutely eye-opening for me. I am truly amazed of how much they actually believe in Jesus. Especially at the end, someone said only God can bring us the eternal joy and peace. I personally don’t believe in that, but I respect their beliefs and the part of their religion that I don’t really understand.

All in all, the passport assignments have had more impact on me than I first expected. I am glad that I went to all the events, which have opened up new paths for me and have made me a slightly different person.

 

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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–Academic

I have attended the Study Abroad Fair, the Study Abroad Open House, and several information sessions of particular countries and programs over the last couple of weeks.

The Study Abroad Open House was held in Red Gym 106 and it was very informative and helpful. There was a Study Abroad 101 session, which introduced the IAP(International Academic Programs) and the general study abroad information. Some students shared their experiences of studying abroad in different countries and the experiences were all very positive and memorable. They also answered a lot of questions we had including fees, funding, housing, course selection, credits transferring and homesickness. I stayed afterwards, and learned how to use the UW Study Abroad website search function with the help of the student officers. I can just put in my academic standing, region or country, duration, and language, then the programs that I am eligible to go would appear. It was so much better than going through the all programs UW Madison offers and trying to find the right one, because there are hundreds of programs.

At the Study Abroad Fair, I actually got to talk to the representatives of different programs. Some of them were instructors, some have participated in the programs, and some were students from the schools or countries of the specific exchange programs. I mainly checked out the programs in France, the United Kingdom, Japan, and Australia.

I am really glad that I went to all the Study Abroad events and the other information sessions. Even if I am not studying abroad next semester, they are still useful because now I know that all these programs are out there and I can go whenever I am ready. Also for the programs like the Kanazawa University Short Stay Program, which has a deadline prior to any information session, would not be available if I try to apply after the session next year, when I meet the language prerequisite. I have always wanted to travel to different countries and learn their cultures. Now after these events, I am even more sure that I am going to study abroad at least once over the course of my four years in UW Madison. The Study Abroad IAP has made study abroad so easy and doable. It would be a shame if don’t take the opportunity.

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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 Activities

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I attended the Student Organization Fair on September 8th. Unlike some people who stood at the entrance and studied the directory map, I just started looking along the booths as soon as I walked into the Kohl Center. I thought I had long enough time to circle back to where I started so I could see every single one of the organizations and maybe find something that I never knew existed interesting. However, I had to speed up after 7pm because there were simply too many of them. I have heard from many people that UW Madison has more than 800 organizations, but it was the first time I actually experienced what is like to put hundreds of booths together. 

I made sure that I signed up some of the organizations that I wanted to join, like the Fencing Club, the Mock Trial Team, and the CSSA. In fact, I had a interview last Sunday for CSSA, the largest Chinese student organization, and I just got an email saying I was accepted. I also went to a fencing practice, and my legs hurt so much the next morning. But it was a good thing because I really needed more exercise.

I was never comfortable of showing my belly button but I stopped at the bellydancing booth just to see what it was like. The girl with a warm smile talked to me and as she moved her hips the sparkling stuff on her waist made delightful sounds. Suddenly I felt coming out of my comfort zone was not bad because I might learn or like something I never would otherwise. I also said “hello”,”nice to meet you” in Japanese to the girl at the Japanese Student Association booth. Those were really the only Japanese sentences I knew, but she was shocked and told me that at first she thought I was Japanese because I had no accent. I may start taking Japanese now.

All in all, the Student Organization Fair was a tremendous experience and I am glad I went. UW Madison has so much to offer, and I wish I could learn more about it over the course of CP 125.