Side-note: In light of the hate incidents that have been happening on campus, I thought I should spread a little more awareness about the LGBQT community we have at Chapman. I have only been to one Queer Straight Alliance meeting, and just from one meeting I have learned that they are a very accepting group of individuals who are very open to opinions being voiced and heard in a safe environment. Although Chapman is such a small university, we have a diverse group of students (which is great! We don’t want the negative implications of ‘group think‘). While we may not all agree on certain matters and issues, we should all be respecting each others’ beliefs and opinions. I highly encourage anyone who seeks the opportunity to speak out matters (anything really, not just LGBQT rights) that are important to you to attend any of these awesome committees and/or clubs to speak in a safe space. Differences are important, and learning from other people’s beliefs that may offend or challenge your beliefs is progress, and vital to our growths as individuals.
Anyways, this post is supposed to be about my reflection about this blog. I’m sorry, readers, for the off track topic from the purpose of this post, but I feel that people are not as aware as they should be on issues that are happening on our campus. Initially, I had no idea what I would write on this blog, and I had a hard time focusing on a particular aspect in my progress. My first blog was a jumble of mixed thoughts about the first few weeks of school. However, I have been getting a hang of this blogging style, and am finding it easier to hone in on one topic. Once I do find something to focus writing about, I can go on and on about it which I feel turns into rambling sometimes. After reading some of my peers’ blogs, I feel that I could add more anecdotes in my posts. My peers who write out stories and bring out examples from their days totally make their blogs more personable and engaging. I’m going to continue to hone in on one specific topic of my progress in my posts. I think that is a better way to reflect on my personal progresses.
As far as progress goes for all of us, here are some words that spoke to me tonight at Carl Wilken’s lecture on the Rwanda Genocide tonight that will hopefully inspire you somehow just as it inspires me, “it’s what you do next that defines you.”
Ta ta for now,