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Intercultural Studies Student Features: What Our Students Have to Say

Leadership, Worldview, and Rest

Name: Maxine Scholz
Program: Intercultural Studies
๐Ÿ. ๐‡๐จ๐ฐ ๐ก๐š๐ฌ ๐›๐ž๐ข๐ง๐  ๐š๐ญ ๐๐ซ๐š๐ข๐ซ๐ข๐ž ๐œ๐ก๐š๐ง๐ ๐ž๐ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฐ๐š๐ฒ ๐ญ๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐ฌ๐ž๐ž ๐‹๐ž๐š๐๐ž๐ซ๐ฌ๐ก๐ข๐ฉ?
ย  ย  ย Through class material and opportunities to lead here at Prairie, I have learned that any person has the ability to be a leader. Prior to my time here, I saw leadership as the characteristic traits of being able to tell people what to do and keep them on track. In reality, leadership is about serving those you work with, whether that is in an outlined position or how you interact with your peers. I have learned that God has created each human with intricacy and purpose and how that human stewards their gifts is what can lead them to be noticed as a leader or not.
๐Ÿ. ๐–๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐š๐ซ๐ž ๐ฌ๐จ๐ฆ๐ž ๐ฌ๐ค๐ข๐ฅ๐ฅ๐ฌ ๐ญ๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎโ€™๐ฏ๐ž ๐ฅ๐ž๐š๐ซ๐ง๐ž๐ ๐Ÿ๐ซ๐จ๐ฆ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐ฉ๐ซ๐จ๐ ๐ซ๐š๐ฆ ๐ญ๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐Ÿ๐ž๐ž๐ฅ ๐ฐ๐ข๐ฅ๐ฅ ๐ก๐ž๐ฅ๐ฉ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐ข๐ง ๐ฅ๐ข๐Ÿ๐ž ๐š๐Ÿ๐ญ๐ž๐ซ ๐œ๐จ๐ฅ๐ฅ๐ž๐ ๐ž?
ย  ย  ย One of my most recent skills I have been developing in my “Topics in Global Studies” class has been the ability to understand and connect with people through their world view. In today’s day and age where opinions and personal stances seem to rule North American culture, I see the importance of being able to understand each person’s values by understanding where they are coming from and how they have beenย 

influenced and shaped. When my time at Prairie ends, I think this skill will be so valuable as I go into new communities and work places. The trait of being able to understand someone and be respectful to them whether you agree with them or not, is something that I believe will bring strong relationships that will have a lasting impact on myself and hopefully the other people.

๐Ÿ‘. ๐–๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐š๐ฌ๐ฉ๐ž๐œ๐ญ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐†๐จ๐ ๐ก๐š๐ฏ๐ž ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐ฌ๐ž๐ž๐ง ๐ฆ๐จ๐ซ๐ž ๐œ๐ฅ๐ž๐š๐ซ๐ฅ๐ฒ ๐๐ฎ๐ซ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐ญ๐ข๐ฆ๐ž ๐ก๐ž๐ซ๐ž?
ย  ย  ย Each year I’ve attended Prairie holds special themes and lessons God has taught me. Something God has been teaching me in my third year has been the importance of rest. As someone who likes to be on the go and jumping from one thing to another, God has put different learning experiences in my third year that has made me stop and stand still. One huge way of learning how to rest and be still has been through an opportunity the Christian Formation program provides which is fasting from technology for 7 weeks while being with the Outdoor Leadership students at Frontier Lodge in the Canadian Rockies. I am so grateful for how clearly God has used opportunities at Prairie to help shape me into all that He created me to be. As I go through my junior year, the “tools” I’ve learned to stop and be still with God in the busyness and stresses of school has been life giving to me and has allowed me to trust God more.

How Community Changes Things

Student: Corbynne Jester
Program: Intercultural Studies

ย  ย  ย I think the biggest piece of growth I have experienced has come directly from the people I have interacted with. I am surrounded by all kinds of believers, and I enjoy the long talks we often get into about our faith and our attempts to understand God. Beyond that, although it sounds funny to say so, I enjoy being convicted by Christian friends. When I act or speak without thinking, they call me on it. When I may have missed something, they (usually) kindly point it out. I don’t think I realized just how important it is to surround yourself with believers; it is a refreshing of my faith I didn’t expect but joyfully accept!

Prairie College Intercultural Studies Program

ย  ย  ย Prairieโ€™s Bachelor of Arts in Intercultural Studies (BAIS) includes studies in theology, anthropology and cross-culture communications to increase your understanding of Godโ€™s character, His work, and the diversity of human cultures.

ย  ย  ย The first two years of the program are spent on campus. You will study all the books of the Bible, theology, culture, and TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages).

ย  ย  ย The third year is spent participating in the GlobeTREK program. You spend one month travelling with your team in Asia to see what God is doing there. Then you go on your own to a nation/ministry of your choosing for six months. During this time you will learn the language and culture and minister along with seasoned missionaries. Finally, with your team, you travel for another month in Africa and the Middle East. Your GlobeTREK year will challenge youโ€”in your relationship with God and ministry as well as dealing with injustice and poverty. Your experience will give you new eyes to see the world and a renewed heart for Godโ€™s mission as you enter the last year of college.

Prairie College Intercultural Studies Program

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