GM201 Wartburg Identity and Communication at Wartburg College Project Please read the Application project paper than look at the group responses and write

GM201 Wartburg Identity and Communication at Wartburg College Project Please read the Application project paper than look at the group responses and write the essay. Let me know if you have any questions.2-3 papers Group Responses:
• My Responses:
Since I started studying at this college, I felt bad because I don’t know people here and I don’t
have friends in this college, especially when I need help, when it’s difficult to understand some
of the assignments, and on breaks I feel lonely I hate eating alone. I also feel outside when I miss
classes because of my medical issue and I need to have notes for the classes, I remember that I
asked two of my classmates to give me their notes but they said, “we are sorry, we can’t give you
our notes.”
I believe that one of my identities that was different is my religious identity. I’m Muslim and It’s
hard to move to a country that’s totally different than your country, for example; in my home
country ”Saudi Arabia” we have only one religion and it’s Islam religion, so when I go any public
place and I want to pray nobody will see that something weird, but here in Wartburg, one time I
was praying in an empty class then couple students came to the class while I was praying and they
started to ask me questions about my religion, they were surprised that Muslim people pray 5 times
a day. Also, my Hijab, it was hard for me to explain why Muslims women wear hijab, many
students thought that I wear the hijab all day and nobody can see me without hijab.
Hijab: is the thing that I was to cover my head.
Courtney Responses:
Question #1:
It may come as a surprise to some, but I have felt most like an outsider here at
Wartburg College. Although I am involved in a number of campus activities, have five jobs
on campus which includes serving as a Resident Assistant, and I am very involved in my
major of journalism and communication, I have often felt as an outsider. With being
involved in so many activities on campus, one may think I should feel a sense of
community and welcome, but I often don’t feel that. Despite being Caucasian on a
predominantly Caucasian campus, I still don’t feel very connected or like I am an insider.
Many people tend to find their “niche” area and group of friends based on their similarities
related to athletics, major, home location, race, ethnicity or something of that nature. I
guess for me, I try to be friends with a variety of people despite what they may see
as an identity they have that differs from what they perceive about mine. This leads me to
know various people but yet not feel as connected to any one person or group I guess. This
makes it challenging to feel like an insider because so many people are tied to their specific
groups and I try to engage with a variety of groups.
A specific area where I feel like an outside revolves around the topic of consuming
alcohol. From my perspective, its seems like the large majority of college students,
including those here at Wartburg, place such an emphasis on drinking alcohol. When it
comes to weekends especially, the majority of people are focused on drinking, partying
and going out. I certainly respect people’s choice to drink and do things of that nature, but
it just isn’t something that interests me. While I am now 21, I still do not drink alcohol and
honestly do not have an interest to. I think part of this is because of the way I was raised
by my parents who set an example of making other choices of how to spend their time as
opposed to drinking alcohol, but also because I have an uncle who’s life was completely
altered after a drinking and driving car accident that placed him in a coma for three months.
Here at Wartburg, because I consciously choose not to drink, I really feel like an outsider.
“Friends” will try to force me to drink, go out to bars or parties, or interrogate me about
why I don’t drink. Honestly, I don’t appreciate the pressure people try to put on me to drink.
This is often times done by people who know that drinking just isn’t something that
interests me and it makes me feel very disrespected and belittled. This has caused me to
step away from friendships because of constantly feeling under pressure to drink despite
not wanting to. It’s something I still struggle to deal with honestly. I certainly feel like an
outsider when it comes to the drinking scene.
Question #2:
Going along with what I mentioned regarding feeling like an outsider because of
my decision not to drink alcohol, I have often felt as though I am being treated negatively
for that. I feel disrespected and belittled for this part of my identity.
Something that I think some others perceive about my identity is that because I am a
straight, Lutheran, Caucasian female, I am therefore against other identities and religions
and racist. While this may be true about others, I personally try to be open-minded and
welcoming of others outside of my identity. I truly believe that every person, no matter
their race, ethnicity, sexuality, gender, or anything of that nature, has something to offer to
our world. I wish more people would be open-minded to learning about others and what
makes each of us unique. Some of my closest friends and family members have identities
that are very different from mine. A number of my friends come from different cultural
backgrounds and places throughout the world, are part of the LGBTQIA+ community and
have different religious views from mine. One of my closest friends is a Muslim heavy
weight wrestler. While I am a Lutheran 5’2” non-athlete, he and I have because very close
friends and I think this is partially because we are both open-minded and honestly care
about other people despite identities we carry or others perceive about us.
Hunter Responses:
I feel like an insider here at Wartburg because I have grown up in Iowa and the
culture at Wartburg is very similar to the culture in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. I have also become
very familiar with campus and have friends here that I am comfortable with. At times I can
feel kind of like an outsider because I am half Asain half white but do not have any Asain
friends. This can make me feel like an outsider at times because there are many stereotypes
and jokes that can be made even out of the fun. And also I do not look as similar to them
as they do to each other.
Q .2:
I have been treated positively because I think that some people are interested in my
identity and background and want to understand it more. But most of the time I feel like if
I am treated differently due to my identity it is negative simply because my ethnic
background is different than the norm or the majority. An example would be that some
people may have the tendency to search for white friends and not be inclined to talk to
Asian people, possibly because they could be stereotyped to be weird or having bad social
• Alondra Responses:
When ive felt mostly like an outsider is with being out-of-state. I can’t go back home as much as
I’d like and being as close-knit with my family it’s difficult. I’ve stayed during breaks and it’s
definetly something that gets to one, whenever everyone is talking about going home. However,
I feel like an “insider” whenever I’m with people of my same major. It definetly has something to
do with the aspect of struggling together that definitely brings a feeling of belonging.
I believe one of my identities that has definitely been judged the most is that of my national
identity. I’m Mexican-American and that has definitely been a hard label to juggle, for I get to be
apart of 2 very different cultures, and in a way, countries. I don’t feel any type of particular
patriotism towards any country persei. However, my nationality is constantly put in question. I
don’t feel like I pertain to any of them particularly, but every time where I’m asked where I’m
from I feel obligated to give them an explanation for my Hispanic heritage.
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