SENIOR - SOCIAL WORK, BIBLICAL STUDIESSince coming to George Fox, I have seen and learned the impact and importance of stories. Hearing and truly listening to others' experiences has taught me more than I ever thought possible, and convinces me that in order for peace and justice to be enacted in our world, we need to listen.
JUNIOR - JOURNALISM
I am from the northwest of China. When I was young, the city where I lived used to be a peaceful and beautiful place. However, five years ago, a riot broke all the peacefulness and tens of thousands of people were killed and injured. There is no more friendliness but hatred. Since then, I began to realize the importance of peace and justice. I decided to be a journalist, to tell the truth, and to fight that injustice. Gradually, I realized that to learn how to be a good journalist is harder than I thought. Then I decided to come to the U.S. to pursue my dream.
My experience at George Fox changed my perspective of my life and this world toward peace and justice. I’ve learned how to communicate with people from different backgrounds. I’ve learned how Christianity actually works in people and realized that faith is a verb. Also, I understand that culture is a turning point toward peace and justice. Though I have not yet taken many journalism classes, I can feel the huge difference between what I’ve learned before and after. I hope I can use what I learned here, at George Fox, to help to bring that peace back, or at least try to make a small difference.
SENIOR - NURSING, SPANISH MINOR
I have spent the past several months in countries not my own. I lived in a city not my own, spoke a language not my own, and was awash in cultural expectations I did not entirely understand. In short, I was a foreigner.
Until these past months, I did not realize how all-encompassing foreignness is. Foreignness manifested itself as the inability to express my thoughts exactly as I wished. It was the ever-present uncertainty of the proper way to interact in my world. It was also developing the realization that I might never feel wholly at home in the culture, no matter how much I might want to assimilate.
I grew up with new immigrants; I saw, from afar, the challenges they faced. I went to college to study nursing and Spanish to be better able to provide assistance to the people I saw in need as a child and could not help. For me, the most powerful manner of promoting peace and justice in the world is the care of one person at a time, and in my case, one patient at a time. I hope to serve as a nurse overseas for a few years, eventually returning home to become a nurse practitioner and to work in a clinic serving one of the most vulnerable segments of our society: the recently arrived immigrant.