For the final discussion of this semester, I want you to self-reflect on what it means to be a global citizen and how you can take what you have learned from this course to better the world that we are all a part of. (500 words min. for your response).
First, please read my thoughts on the matter.
At times I’ve felt optimistic. At times I’ve felt pessimistic. At times I’ve loved and yearned to be loved. At times I’ve avoided human connection and sulked in a self-perpetuated solitude. Life is dynamic, as are my feelings; as are your feelings. The world is full of hate yet paralleled by an infinite abundance of love. It is easy falling into feelings of despair as there are many reminders all around to the destructive tendencies of humans toward one another and also our planet. Yet, within these reminders to the inherent darkness that permeates our existence there are moments of hope, moments of encouragement, moments that remind us that we, the human species, possess the ability to make the world a better place. Whether it is changing the life of one, or positively changing the lives of many, every single one of us is capable of so much more than we realize.
I actively remind myself to be the change I hope to see in others. Although I’m far from perfect and have days where I feel down and would rather sulk in my own sorrows than remind myself to love and practice gratitude, I will never give up on doing what I can to make our world a better place.
This week, I encourage and invite you to reflect on how you can also make a positive impact in your life and the lives of others. The website located below contains 8 global issues (located at bottom of page – from “Girls & Women” to “Water & Sanitation”. Click on the one you feel most connected to, read more about this topic, and then respond to the prompts below.
- Why do you feel connected to this topic?
- How can contributing toward this cause benefit yourself and others?
- Explain the relationship between your communication skills and your ability to contribute toward this cause.
- How can your communication skills be enhanced to better align with your role as a global citizen?
- What is the biggest takeaway you have gained from this course?