Sunday, October 12, 2008

Global Engagement

Most students do not realize the concept of global engagement. They are too caught up in the present, and what directly effects them in their town or state. But the reality is this is a huge world and something going on in the Middle East or South Africa, we can effect or it can effect us. Being in the School of Global Management and Leadership, it is important for us to be educated on the entire world, and be understanding for all cultures.
Why would a college student want to become globally engaged? Bud Rock states that, "You will want to have the ability to solve problems, whether they are on a local scale or on a global scale and to work effectively with other cultures." In our careers we will be dealing with other cultures, religions, and much diversity. It is important for us to be open and understanding, and in order for this to happen we must put ourselves out there and become globally engaged.
Now that we know what exactly global engagement is and how detrimental it is to our future careers, you are probably wondering how do I get engaged?
Bud Rock comments on this issue, "You will have a lot of choices in your academic career; courses to take, directions and programs of study to choose. Being globally engaged is really not an option at all. It’s a reality in your life. It will be a reality in your studies and it will be a reality in your careers." Get a passport so you are ready to travel. Take courses about another language or culture. Attend cultural events. Watch a foreign film. Study abroad. There are tons of ways at ASU to become globally engaged which will prepare you for your future career.

Libraries

Arizona state has a total of eight libraries, all of which have thousands of great sources for the college-level research. Some of these libraries actually are major specific which can really be helpful when searching for a specific topic. Almost every course in college requires you to write some kind of research paper. As Marc Mason, "You’ll also have access to the over 400 research databases full of articles from journals and magazines that your instructors will want you to use." Whether you get your source from the library or online research database, ASU provides everything and above.
Not only do ASU libraries have tons of great reliable resources, they have numerous places to study. Whether you want to have a group or individual study there are specific places for everyone to do their school work. Also all the libraries have wireless internet, which is completely helpful if you are more comfortable using your own computer. I happened to have to take my computer to the library to do homework because our internet at my apartment went down. This was a life savior considering I had homework due the next day.
Using the libraries resources provided by ASU will enable you to write a paper with credible information. Marc Mason states, "While Google searching can provide many relevant resources, it can also provide many inappropriate resources. And much of the information you’ll find on the internet isn’t from what we call an AUTHORITATIVE source." So go out there and take advantage of what your tuition is paying for!!

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Diversity

Diversity is a huge part of Arizona State, with about 65,000 students, there is bound to be a variety. According to Delia Saenz, "Diversity at ASU is defined in terms of representation and inclusion. Representation reflects the extent of which our students, faculty, staff and administrators proportionately reflect the regional and national population served by our public institution. Inclusion entails creating a positive learning and working environment and a climate that is respectful of and welcoming to all our members." Arizona State's students come from 50 states and 141 nations around the world, so it is important for us to be open and acceptive of our peers. I love the fact that there are so many foreign exchange students that go to ASU. I find it so fascinating to talk with them and discover all the cultural differences.
Delia Saenz also states that, "Openness then is something that characterizes our mental framework or how we function internally, as well as our interpersonal approach, or how we interact with others." Not judging the book by its cover is extremely important. Being open enhances our understanding and moves us to acceptance. The video "all orientals look the same" is a prime example of this. If you have that in your head that, all orientals look the same, you are not willing to change your views, which means you are not open. Also this video showed exactly how we all stereotype to some degree. Because most of us are not fully educated on every country in the world, we rely on stereotypes. I suggest if you find yourself meeting someone for the first time and you begin to stereotype, just try and ignore it; be open! I bet you your new friend will prove that stereotype wrong!

Entrepreneurship

I had always associated business and money to the term entrepreneurship, but after reading this module my views have completely changed. According to Dan O'Neil, "entrepreneurship is the act of creating new ventures that generate and capture value." Entrepreneurs created and developed the technological world we live in today. Before this module I never thought about entrepreneurs being involved in athletics or even the environment.
The most successful people in today's world have the characteristics of an entrepreneur. You must be innovative, proactive, and motivated. Having these qualities are not only admirable, but they will lead you to the top of your career.
Famous entrepreneurs like Albert Einstein, and Bill Gates have changed our world forever. Imagine if these entrepreneurs weren't innovative, proactive, or motivated. Where would we be today? I definitely wouldn't be typing this blog right now. These inventors never gave up hope and thanks to these people we live in a civilized modern world. If you just look around you will be so thankful for entrepreneurs, because I'm sure everything you own was thanks to an entrepreneur.
I am so glad I go to a University that provides a wide range of classes to inform me on entrepreneurship. There are 60 courses on entrepreneurship at ASU and 50 of majors are represented in those classes. Entrepreneurship is something I am very curious about considering my major. I am an accountancy major and I must be an entrepreneur to succeed in my field. Hopefully one day I will have the skills and knowledge to be able to open up my own accounting firm, or even my own business of another type.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Student Success


The whole reason we are attending college is to be successful. We all know that college graduates make more money than someone with just a high school diploma. To become successful takes a lot of effort, time, and dedication. At the college level we are actually in class about half the amount of time than in high school. This means more free time to do whatever you want right? WRONG! For every hour you sit in a college classroom they suggest two outside hours of studying and reading over the material covered in class.
One of the biggest obstacles to obtain a successful college degree is forcing yourself to go to class. Afsaneh Nahavandi states, "We do not have an attendance policy at ASU overall. Many instructors do. They might have specific rules about how many classes you can miss. Many instructors have no policy. We assume you are adults. You come to class. We hope you come to class. It is important.There is a lot of learning that takes place in class, but it is your decision, and it is up to you." Going to class is the first most basic step to succeeding.
Also I believe time management is one of the key factors in achieving student success. Do NOT leave things to the last minute. Many assignments are turned in online and have a timed deadline. Don't think because it is 10 pm and your assignment is due at midnight, that you will have plenty of time. I know it is hard to do assignments a couple days ahead of the due date, but if you have two exams that same week, it is necessary for you to plan out your days and deadlines. I recommend a planner for all college students, so that they can visualize their whole school week and plan accordingly.

Academic Integrity


Academic integrity is defined as the pursuit of scholarly activity in an open, honest and responsible manner. Academic integrity includes a commitment not to engage in or tolerate acts of falsification, misrepresentation or deception. As long as you know right from wrong and obey those rules, dishonesty will not even be an issue. In fact, research recently reported in the book, Psychology of Academic Cheating, details the 67 percent of high school students who had no cheating experience at the high school level did not cheat then at the university level. If you choose not to start cheating, in the long run you won't rely on it or even think of it as an option. According to Joe Bunker, "Again, you are responsible for knowing the specific academic honesty policies for your course, program and college. Integrity is what we do, what we say and what we say we do. Academic integrity – it matters. As a student at Arizona State it is our responsibility to research and learn in this course the rules and policies the university enforces. Also Leslie Shell states, "Make sure you know all of the policies and expectations of the instructor teaching the class and of the department offering the course." Each course and professor has different views on academic integrity. For instance one professor may think its honest to reuse one of your own papers, while another may consider that dishonest. The best thing to do is just ask; it never hurts. Academic integrity is a huge topic that can easily be obeyed if you just know the policies and respect them and our university.

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Hello

I'm McKenzie! I am from California and I'm a sophomore at ASU! I'm an Accountancy major in SGML but I attend all my classes on the Tempe campus. Good Luck to everyone!!!!!