End of 196

I am actually in Denver, Colorado right now, spending winter break with my family.  So, by saying that, the Fall semester has ended.  I took all my finals last week, and now I would like to reflect on some thoughts about the past semester, especially about 196. Overall, 196 is definitely one of favorite classes…

Reflection Six

Prompt: In the core courses of the GPP minor, when discussing contemporary interventions, a common point of debate is whether the interventions merely address symptoms as opposed to structural causes of poverty.  In this reflection assignment I would like you to explore the seemingly disparate goals of addressing structures versus symptoms (band–aids) within your practice experience.  In what ways, if any,…

Metric of Success

So today, as half the student body was going home or was already at home for Thanksgiving break, I went to class.  GPP 196.  The major theme of the class was hope. As you may already know, I would like to get involved in things that promote social justice, equality, and the alleviation of poverty.  But,…

Reflection Five

Prompt: In this reflection assignment, I would like you to consider the role of expertise in your PE. In a broad sense, what problem is your PE addressing?  What borders are drawn around this problem?  When considering these borders, think about the site of intervention on your PE, and how identifying that site required drawing borders…

Reflection Four

Prompt: In this reflection assignment, continuing the work you did through your literature review in GPP 105, I would like you to think about the history and context of your Practice Experience.  Reflect on the ways in which this history/context comes to bear on you — a university student at an elite institution of higher education…

Reflection Three

Prompt: Address your motivations.  What motivates you?  How do you explain your motivations? Anytime we engage in service, there are ways in which we might benefit — in what ways do you think you have benefited from your PE, and how do you reconcile this benefit with your motivations? The key to this reflection is…

Reflection Two

Prompt: I would like you to consider the ways in which power and inequality played a role in the world you were doing in your PE on two different scales. First, consider the larger context of the work being done by your organization and investigate the role of power and inequality in this work.  Be sure…

Reflection One

Prompt: Select a specific, charged event related to your practice experience and reflect on this event.  Do your best to reflect deeply into what happened, how you were feeling at the time, how other mights have been feeling, and potentially different ways of viewing the event. Response: It was my first day in Vietnam, and my…