Diversity in College Enhances Students

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Origami is an art form performed in Japan.

Students attending college are in the process of defining themselves. They are choosing their career paths, building relationships with strangers and experiencing different cultures. The people they encounter will be the foundation of their views and ideals.

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign was ranked 430 out of 1800 schools nationwide for ethnic diversity in 2013 according to College Factual, a website geared towards providing future students with statistical information about specific schools.

According to the Division of Management Information at UIUC during the spring of 2013, 46 percent of students were either minorities or international students. That number has increased to 48 percent for the spring of 2015.

It’s been proven that experiencing diversity while attending a university is a key component for students. The exposure enhances their social development and gives them the opportunity to expand their inner circles.

Patricia Gurin is a  Professor of Psychology at the University of Michigan and the author of “New Research on the Benefits of Diversity in College and Beyond: An Empirical Analysis.” 

In Gurin’s research, she explains that the first interactions students make with peers of different racial or ethic backgrounds is “one of the most influential aspects of the college experience.”

It doesn’t matter if that student is from Europe or the East Side of Chicago. That individual is going to have different experiences, religious beliefs and ideals. Building relationships with peers from different backgrounds helps students appreciate and be more accepting of cultures other than their own.

This sensitivity to other cultures is a valuable asset when looking for employment after graduation.

According to an article “Why Does Diversity Matter at College Anyways?” Students who have been exposed to diversity have a better chance at being successful in a work environment, “by experiencing diversity in college, you are laying the groundwork to be comfortable working and interacting with a variety of individuals of all nationalities.”

Diversity in college helps students become open-minded individuals who are conscious of other cultures.

With that being said, I’ve created an origami jumping frog tutorial  that is not part of my culture. Origami is an art form traditionally practiced in Japan.

Reflection:

I have 10 origami jumping frogs scattered across my bedroom floor this very moment. I clearly live a life full of adventure. For our How-to project this semester, I decided to do an origami jumping frog tutorial. I actually really enjoyed filming the tutorial. I didn’t run into any major issues this time around… well unless you count my slow laptop taking hours to upload my video, but that was out of my control. I had to film quite a lot of takes for every fold in order to get it just right, so none of the cutaways are actually the same piece of paper. They are all different portions that I mashed together; however, I thought it flowed smoothly despite that. Overall, I’m quite proud of how the video turned out.

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