My wonderful study abroad experience in Barbados has definitely allowed me to learn a lot more about myself and others, including my future goals. I hoped to take a short break away from school and life in the United States to be more sure and clear about what I wanted to be right after college graduation. After this study abroad experience, I have realized that I want to become a human resource manager or one who ensures that workers within a work place are protected under the law. The following discussion will include how to came to this realization.
Unlike my home University, it is a requirement do group work for papers and presentations at the University of West Indies. At the beginning, I thought it was frustrating to work with others who had different strengths and weaknesses and skills. Some individuals were very good at coming up with new ideas, while some were not very good at grammar, punctuation, editing and so forth. Regardless of our differences, we had to write one single, well-written paper. We had to listen to each other well, accept feedback, respect every individual, take responsibility of duties, and show up to group meetings on time.
I did not think this could be achieved when bringing together everyone together. This kind of group work was actually never permitted at my home University.
In the process, I realized that every individual, and groups of people, are very different and have to be treated according. I think that it is important to realize that every individual has different needs, wants and desires. As mentioned before, at UWI, there are a lot of non-traditional students. When working with these students, I had to make sure to understand that they have to work long hours and had a responsibility to care for their children. Due to this, I sometimes had to switch the days to meet up in order to make sure that they had the same opportunities to make a contribution and to receive credit for the assignment.
The new skills I have learned from my study abroad experience will be even more beneficial on a much larger level. My time here helped to erase false beliefs about each other, while being a part of UWI environment. This experience will also bridge the gap among different cultures. I will be able to accept and tolerate differences that exist among various groups of people. Overall, I have become more aware of cultural differences and personal needs of individuals. I strongly believe that these considerations will make a workplace environment and the world a much better place.
All in all, I hope that you all will take the opportunity to step outside of your comfort zone and to pursue a study a study abroad experience. I encourage you all to please stay in school and apply to a college of your choice. At times, the journey will be quite challenging, and that is perfectly normal. Just make sure to seek help when needed, be open to new ideas and accept some changes for what they are.
Thank you so much for following my journey and learning about what I have experience. I truly appreciate all of your attention and excitement especially when we have a live chat on Skype. I am very grateful to be given this opportunity, and words cannot describe how I appreciated the vibes and energy from you all. I live to make an impact on the lives of others, like you!
I will end my journey with Barbados on the 21st of this month, and I will miss everything and my responsibility with you all. I hope that we meet in person some time in this month. Last but certainty not last, thank you to the Gilman staff, Hannah Custis, Heather Halstead, Alice Jacques, Jogene Castillo and the entire Reach the World staff for being patient and believing in me.