Honors Community Meeting: Personal Values Exercise

When faced with the task of organizing 25 values from most to least important, I thought it was going to be easy. Unfortunately, it is a lot harder than it seems. After taking time to think as well as plenty of reorganization, my top five values were: family, obligation, pleasure, innovation, and friendship. Putting certain values at the top were easy, such as family and friendship, but ordering others such as integrity, responsibility and passion, was much harder. I learned that many of the values blend together and some cannot exist without the other.

Before this exercise, I had a sense of what everyone’s morals are, but now I feel as if I have a better understanding of how different we all are. Seeing how some values were important to me but were lower on the list for others showed me that it is okay that everyone’s values differ from each other. I got along perfectly fine with these people before seeing their values and I do not see how this could change that. Just because you do not value something as much as someone else, doesn’t mean you do not value that certain characteristic at all. It is important to this fact and not judge people on what value they placed first and what value they placed last. There is a specific reason why their list is the way it is, and the same goes for my very own list.

Problem Solving within HNRS 200

During this class, there were several moments where I felt I had to problem solve as I was not as familiar with climate change and especially the science behind why the global climate was changing at such a rapid rate.

Although the science part of the course was difficult, the one assignment that I felt I needed to use my problem solving skills was the mock negotiations. Unlike many of my peers, I have never participated in situations such as a debate or a mock trial, so I had no idea how to approach taking someone else’s views on a topic and arguing them as my own. For the mock negotiation, I was representing Canada. Although I am Canadian, I have very different views than the government when it comes to climate change. I felt when I was doing my work, my views kept overpowering the views of the country and it began to be me arguing my views instead of those of the country I was representing.

Even though it was hard, I had to employ the problem solving skills learning throughout my lifetime to try and separate my personal views from this assignment. To do this, I had to further my research by watching videos of Canada at the real climate negotiations as well as looking into various articles and websites that specifically states what Canada was interested in achieving in these negotiations. Basically, I had to research more to get out of the mind frame of being Canadian and instead just being Canada.

AU Off Campus Activity

Throughout the past month at AU, I have had several new experiences that I never thought I would do. Between welcome week activities, started classes and meeting new friends, I feel as if I have experienced a whole year within those 30 days. One of my favorite off-campus experiences so far though has to be my welcome week program, Media by Metro. Although it happened in my first week at AU, what I experienced in those two days were like no other.

During the Media by Metro, we crammed in visiting five different media outlets in two days. We visited Discovery Communications, National Geographic, the Washington Post, NBC 4 and Porter Novelli. If I had to choose, my favorite place of those five would be a tie between Discovery Communications and NBC 4. When we visited Discovery, we had the chance to see a behind the scenes look of almost every step of the editing process a TV show/commercial/movie goes through. We were able to see how music is added to a commercial, how a commercial is made as a whole, and even how a regular camera shot is turned into a 3D shot. This was so cool to me. Although I don’t want to go into the production side of media, I still think it’s fascinating to see first-hand how the programs are being made.

Because I want to be a journalist, NBC4 was my favorite for obvious reasons. We got to see how the broadcasts were set up and because we came at the right time, we got to be in the studio when a live news broadcast was going on. After a commercial break, we went into the control room to see how the programming worked. What was fascinating though, was seeing how the producers reacted to breaking news and how they managed to fit it into the broadcast at the drop of the hat.

Overall, the two-day experience was something that I would never have had if I stayed back in my hometown. Being able to see each media outlet up close and personal and to have the opportunity to talk to these professionals about the industry was amazing,