Personal Narrative: My Journey Of A Social Event

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A new journey began for me this past August. As of August, I officially moved into my first college dorm room in order to start the path to my future. By doing so, I have given myself the opportunity to be educated at a higher level than high school, which will allow me to learn all that I need to in order to be successful and eventually work in the career of my dreams. However, this isn’t any college dorm room I moved into. This is one of many college dorm rooms that lie in Lincoln Residence Hall on the campus of the University of Illinois – Springfield. What’s so special about Lincoln in particular is that it is home to the honors program, where the students who participate in it receive education from a different perspective compared …show more content…
At the beginning of the semester, especially when it came to the social events and journal entries, I only focused on myself and how certain things affected me. For example, for the first real social event that I attended at the beginning of the year, I said in the summary that “This would mean that I wouldn’t have gotten to know [my friends] as much as I do now” (Social Event Summary #1). Here, I talk about how if I did not go to this event, that I would not know my friends on the same level as I do now. This shows that I was only thinking about what would come of the situation for myself and no one else. Also, I could see this same thought process in my first few journal entries. For instance, in the first journal entry I ever wrote for this class, when I mention what I did that night, I said “It felt weird not crawling into my bed, but I figured I might as well get used to it” (The Very Start of a New Chapter). In saying this, I only thought about this situation from my point of view, comparing it to only my experiences and how I …show more content…
On reading in particular that changed my outlook on a subject was the “The Power of Experiential Education” article by Janet Eyler, which talked about the idea of experimental education. In her article, not only does it talk about this different type of education, but it also talks about a specific form of experimental education: service learning. She explains “service learning has been oriented to the achievement of academic goals in all fields, including the liberal arts. It fits easily into most disciplines, and with some creativity it can be fit into virtually all disciplines. Models range from add-on, extra-credit, or assignment options to the thorough integration of service as a class” (Eyler). This describes how the idea of service learning is very versatile and can fit into many different curriculums. Before this article, I had never thought of a service project being part of the school curriculum, but with what the article explains, I think that it could work well in an academic setting and benefit the students

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