Learning to Live in a Global Society

Recently in my Economics class my professor asked us to
write a paper on a non-profit organization. Our objective was to imagine that
we are an employed as a paid consultant for the organization, charged with
assessing its ability to “help without hurting” and relaying our observations
in a formal written report. In particular, the leaders of the organization want
to learn from the expertise we have acquired through the teachings of the
Chalmers Center. We were asked to summarize the mission of the organization and
its basic approach. Next, we were to critically analyze what we know about the
program in terms of three key principles: development, asset-based assessment,
and a participatory approach, and then end with a discussion of the long-term costs
and benefits of the program to the intended clientele and its ministers.

I really enjoyed this assignment and wrote about my dad’s
non-profit organization called Amigos en Cristo. I think it is awesome that in
my microeconomics class we not only discuss the textbook, but we also talk
about issues occurring in the real world dealing with economics. We have had
many class discussions about helping the poor without hurting. I think Hope
does an awesome job of living out their mission statement. 

The mission of Hope College is to educate students for lives of leadership and service in a global society through academic and co-curricular programs of recognized excellence in the liberal arts and in the context of the historic Christian faith.

— Hope College mission statement

Both inside and outside the classroom professors challenge
students to think globally. This semester I am in two political science classes
and my eyes have been opened to the events occurring in the world. I have also
learned about living in a global society and how economic development plays an
important role in helping the poor through my management and microeconomics
course. All of my classes touch on a variety of issues occurring in the world
and challenge me to think critically about these issues.

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I am thankful to be learning new material this year and
having a better grasp about current events in the world. My professor really
care that I learn to have a global perspective on issues occurring all over in
the world.

Published by Colleen Quick

My name is Colleen and I'm from Springfield, IL and am a Senior this year! I am studying International Business and Spanish. I have been involved with a variety of groups and activities on campus such as: Business Club, Student Alumni Leadership Council, Volunteer Services Committee, Student Congress, Mortar Board, Intramurals, HEI, Dance Marathon, and other activities. I love Hope College and the people here! So blessed to be living in Holland and attending Hope :]