Understanding Your Story – First Year Student Presentations (Dia Yang)
Summer is coming to an end very soon, and UST is gearing up for orientations for new Tommies the next few weeks. Orientation for new students is a pivotal point in which students learn about what classes they will be taking, who their advisors are, where they will be living, and other viable student services. One of biggest questions every student explores throughout their time in college is “Who am I?” The first year becomes an exploration of trying to identify their passion, their personal identities, their purpose, and understanding the new people, information, and challenges they will encounter.
SDIS will be hosting a presentation for first year students called “Understanding Your Story”, giving students a glimpse of things they may encounter within their first year of college. This presentation will focus on the single story concept – the single story students learned in their 18 years of education, and the danger of one story. First year students will watch a snippet of Chimamanda Adichie’s TED Talk “Danger of a Single Story”, in which speaks of understanding stories by shifting your paradigm to another narrative. During the presentation students will be able to discuss single stories they know and how this can impact their perception of the world. Students will also be able to identify the complexities of their identities and understand the multiple stories that they can expect to encounter during their time here at UST.
The University of St. Thomas mission speaks of advancing the common good, and this is only possible when the individual feels they are a part of their community, interacting with – and growing within – that community. The presentation will conclude that as first year students begin to understand their stories within UST, in combination with the things they learn in college, they will grow into being who they are and embracing the diversity around them academically and socially. This transformation is a vital and continual process and cannot be feared, as this growth is needed in order to adapt to the changing world.