Expanding My Worldview
My entire life so far has been a process of expanding my worldview. In high school life felt like a bubble. The only thing I was really aware of was my own life and the lives of my friends around me. The further I got from my hometown the more I understood that the world is so much larger, filled with a variety of different people, cultures, religions, and ways of life. There is so much I do not know and so much I want to learn. By taking the opportunity to study in Ghana, I am starting the process of understanding the world I live in just a little bit more.
I hesitate to outline any expectations I have for my dialogue because this is litterally going to be foreign territory for me, and that both excites and terrifies me. I am afraid of a variety of things: that I’ll forget to take my malaria pills, that I’ll get all my money stolen, that I’ll do something culturally insensitive like eat with my left hand (a no-no in Ghana) just out of sheer ignorance. That being said, I am extremely excited to immerse myself in a different culture. I am excited for the music, dance, and food, but I am most looking forward to connecting with the students there. It is one thing to hear about education in a classroom setting or read books about the history of education, but it is another to hear the first hand experiences of someone attending school in Ghana. I know what education means to me: opening the doors to a future career and bettering myself as a person. Education in the U.S both tears down barriers as well as builds barriers do to the ever expanding costs. I am interested to learn about education's role in a developing country and the attitudes surrounding it. Every experience is an opportunity to grow, and I hope my experiences in Ghana will allow me to grow and that sharing my experiences will allow others to grow with me.