"KSU has very rich resources in diverse cultures, including many international students and staff from around the globe. This makes me feel like I am home." Maya, a master's student in Cultural Foundations, had the opportunity to complete an internship in Honolulu, Hawaii during Summer 2008. Besides working over the break, she took some risks and skydived for the first time by jumping from an airplane at 14,000 feet high.
When I first started at KSU, I thought that I was going to be just a number. It took only one class meeting to realize that the professors are just as in tune to students' diverse learning needs and as caring, as they are at smaller colleges. Foundations is kind of like a good wine-once you take a sip, you're thirstin' for more. We've all heard the idea of a lens before-sociological ones, gender-bias ones, ethical ones, psychological ones, curriculum-ones, etc. What I can see as being beneficial from this experience is how my lenses have gotten more expansive and detailed such that I'm using my self-created lens on my own to apply it to everyday situations. Foundations gives you a multidisciplinary approach to all of our teaching problems, so to speak.
Although the convenience of classes online drew me in, what kept me going was the community that we built and the relevant educational content and dialogue I was engaged in with my classmates and professors.
The classes were interesting. Everyone in the program was great to work with. It was fun having a cohort to work with. We formed friendships and now have more people to network and share information with.