We interviewed several of our scholars to see what they had to say about our program!
From Left: Paige, Amber, Ivy, Tia, Abby
Not Pictured: Humza
For you, what are the most exciting aspects of the Global Scholars Program?
Tia- “I am most excited to further my knowledge and appreciation for the greater world outside of Ohio Wesleyan, as there is so much more to learn. I traveled to Greece this summer and saw myself making so many connections with what I had already learned from the Global Scholars Program to the lives of the people in Greece. I am excited to make more of those connections as I grow.”
Amber- “Last year, when I took the team taught course I developed a research interest in incarceration and immigration. Partly because of the passion of my professors towards it and partly because of the in-depth study we did of a variety of important topics such as these. That's the most exciting aspect of the program, the global perspective we get and the research skill set we develop that builds and molds with the ideas and contributions of the entire class of global scholars.”
Humza- “Eventually being able to explore another country and culture to learn what I can and hopefully apply it to my life.”
Paige- “During our required freshman course, we discussed the importance of varying narratives in great detail. I think that considering global perspectives, past and present, is one of the most exciting aspects of the program. I also think that the emphasis placed on studying abroad and exploring new cultures and ideas is a key component of this program, and is instrumental in forming a global understanding.
How would you describe your experiences in the Global Scholars Program?
Tia- “My experience so far has been extremely interesting and fun. Through taking the freshman seminar class, I learned so much about the world around us and how important it is to be an educated person in this world. I also was able to make new friendships and connections with fellow Global Scholars and learned so many new things through them.”
Amber- “I think being a Global Scholar introduces you to a group of like-minded people to explore research interests and share global perspectives with, in addition to gaining a deeper understanding of the world through learning a language and learning from experienced faculty in their fields of research.”
Abby- “The freshman class required is incredibly intriguing and eye-opening. As someone who struggles with learning new languages, I thought that that requirement would be a set-back, but I am quite excited to explore all different kinds of languages.”
Ivy- “Through the program I have been able to meet enthusiastic people who share similar interests with me while also learning more about the world. The freshman year seminar class was interactive and interesting and also helped me to meet the other students in the program. Every professor involved in the program is excited about it which has made me excited too.”
In what ways does the Global Scholars Program fit into your overall experience at OWU?
Tia- “Being a Spanish minor, I think that the Global Scholars Program will help connect my foreign language with the new world that comes with it. Although the Spanish language is a large part of the Hispanic culture, there are so many more aspects that the Global Scholars Program will guide me in learning.”
Amber- “As an economics and data analytics major, I see it fitting into my other academic interests by giving me a global perspective on the various issues I explore through my majors. The interdisciplinary nature of my academic interests makes it a perfect fit to explore the applicability of them in various issues of global importance.”
Abby- “I am quite passionate about social justice issues, and a large part of that is expanding your horizons to understand other people and communities- a central goal of the Global Scholars program.”
Humza- “My other academic interests involve studying different aspects of the world and its cultures. Specifically through my major of Comparative Literature, the global scholars program gave me the opportunity to explore areas of interest I hadn't been exposed to and supplements my knowledge of globalization.”
Ivy- “The program fits into my academic interests perfectly because I am pursuing both International Studies and Spanish. With the program, I am able to learn more about these interests on a broader scale and can experience certain aspects first hand with study abroad opportunities and the cultural events we go on as a group.”
Paige- “The Global Scholars Program has expanded my interests exponentially. By teaching Global Scholars how to form and use a global perspective, the Program helps students understand their coursework in a broader sense. I have learned how to consider and respond to different and opposing narratives, which will play a role in my future profession as a teacher, but also with understanding my coursework as a Latin American Studies minor.”