I am very grateful for the time that I spent at Carleton University and also for the support that I have received, and continue to receive, from the department, its faculty and its students. The support I received from Carleton at a very crucial time in my development as a musician, gave me the confidence I needed to pursue a career as a singer.
The underlying aspect of my work that directly relates back to my humanities degree is the focus on citizens. Supporting democratization processes and institutions is fundamentally related to an understanding of human beings, how their communities are organized, and an appreciation for traditions and cultures.
As a student already involved with community service-learning at Carleton I thought I had a good idea of what to expect while participating in Alternative Spring Break in Cuernavaca, Mexico. However, after participating in all components of the program including the Habitat for Humanity builds and visiting a local squatter settlement called La Estación, I have been profoundly impacted in a way I did not even know was possible. I feel I learned more about social issues, including poverty,in Mexico in that one week than I ever could have in the classroom. To have the opportunity to actually experience these issues and see people who actually live this way every day is something I will never forget and I think it’s an opportunity that every student should have the chance to have.