Dr. F. Parigi
9 July 2008
Experiences Create Learning
For some people, learning may mean to have an idea of how they live their daily life; while others may define to learn, means to take classes at an educational institution. However, for me, learning means to develop experiences in a certain surrounding in order to adapt to it. In this case, surroundings are objects, people, and places that function around me. These include Washington Park, Lake Merritt, and commonly different types of individuals such as friends and strangers. Essentially, when I am placing myself in those certain type of surrounding, I am able to build small ideas about them using the experiences I have gain. The more it expands the more I will be capable of putting together the ideas as a whole and utilize it to adjust and familiarize myself with the surrounding that I am in. In addition, some of these different surroundings that define learning include interacting with unknown people, college campus, and gardening.
When I am meeting new people and developing friendships, I also develop an experience that allows me to adjust to their humane surrounding. For example, in the past two years I joined an after school program to help youth gain leadership skills and fight for social justice called, Asian Pacific Islander Youth Promoting Advocacy and Leadership (AYPAL). I constantly get introduced to new diversity of individual youths like myself from each new program cycle. Particularly, in my last year, I met a Chinese American youth I have work closely with her. In our first impression, it wasn’t easy learning to experience how it feels like talking to a stranger and adapting to their presences. Overtime, through working closely with each other, we exchanged ideas about how to improve the youth program, and to communicate effectively as a team when representing the program. It was through that objective that we finally began to establish rapport. We began...