At the moment I’m pursuing my Bachelors of Arts (BA) in Journalism at Hofstra University. I’m minoring in Creative Writing and recently I’ve added Civic Engagement. Hofstra offers this latter minor, which can particularly helpful to aspiring Journalism, Political Science, and Geography students. In reality, Civic Engagement serves anyone, because it’s a subject that has to do with your actions in society: whatever you do in this world, you’re gonna create an impact. Your existence is already impactful and full of meaning. It is our personal choice to make our lives full of purposes and goal-driven.
If you’re in college, more specifically at Hofstra University, I’d suggest you to take at least one course under the Civic Engagement program. So far I’ve only attended two classes for each course I’m taking (3 classes, 9 credits), and all of them left me something to think about. I can’t wait to graduate, but at the same time I’m glad I’m spending this semester exploring this new minor of mine.
World and Regional Geography
As the title says, this class is a geography one. We will be going over macro areas of the planet and discuss them from a cultural point of view as well as a geological and natural perspective. Geography is not one of the most popular interests in the American educational system, therefore it will be interesting to see how geography is taught here. I’m mostly interested in the dynamics that our classes will show off further and what social issues I will learn regarding some parts of the world I’m not fully familiar with.
Writing Against Power
This class seems tough, but I love a challenge. The stimulant tone this course presents comes from the nature of the subject: reading, comprehending, and writing activism texts. This is a class that raises deep questions, touching subjects like philosophy, education, gender equality, bureaucracy, etc. There is a site just for this class that my classmates and I were requested to make, so you can find all its content there.
Introduction to Civic Engagement
Hofstra requires the attendance of this first class under the Civic Engagement minor. This course might be the broader one, because it entails many and various subjects. At a first glance, I’d say this is a class that embodies everything that has to do and has the potential to be of civic engagement interest, and goes even deeper into subjects like education, sustainability, and politcs. For me this class will be very useful because I’m sure I will learn more about sociological systems and governmental issues both on a national and a global level. Being an international student is a blessing, but also a struggle, because I have to educate myself in a fast way over certain things on American history, culture, and politcs. No matter how much I read or seek information from different outlets and people, being able to discuss these things in an academic environment will be beneficial and a lot constructive, especially because I will be in contact with people of my age during our discussions and assignments.
Currently I believe that my type of civic engagement has been mostly intimate and philosophical. I try to analyze the matters of the heart and the issues related to fashion journalism with an op-ed tone. So far my blog has been a mixture of everything. Some say a diary. Some say a journal. Others just observe.
Knowing already what I want to focus on, I aim to craft my intentions and making them fit in the right situations, for the appropriate causes and specific goals. I just gotta sharp my skills. There’s always something to learn!