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Culture Shock

“It’s not like faces, you know, you don’t have like faces around you.” For an extended version of this story, see below. Hold a Conversation In addition to the questions below, please see How to use the questions for reflection. Clarifying Questions Why is the culture of Valpo so shocking for this speaker? How does the […]

They Look Down Upon You

“In the twinkling of an eye, the enthusiasm and expectation my friends had of America had gone far, far away.” Hold a Conversation In addition to the questions below, please see How to use the questions for reflection. Clarifying Questions What kinds of discrimination do the Chinese students experience? How does the first speaker react when […]

Are You Serious?

“If I didn’t say anything…” Hold a Conversation In addition to the questions below, please see How to use the questions for reflection. Clarifying Questions The speaker references two facts at the beginning of the clip: 1) The KKK tried to purchase the university in 1923 from the bankrupt Valparaiso College (they were outbid in 1925 by […]

The Whole Lutheran Thing Was New

“It was weird not being there before. You kind of feel like you’re invading, like you’re an outsider. But they welcomed us.” Hold a Conversation In addition to the questions below, please see How to use the questions for reflection. Clarifying Questions What tone does the speaker use in describing his religious experience at the university? […]

You Haven’t Been through the Struggle

“I don’t care much for ignorance.” CONTENT WARNING: Contains strong language Hold a Conversation In addition to the questions below, please see How to use the questions for reflection. Clarifying Questions The speaker uses the term “ignorance” early in the clip, but it seems to be a theme for his experience generally. What sorts of attitudes […]

Part of the Change

“It made me glad that the world was broader than my experience growing up.” Hold a Conversation Can you imagine leading a conversation about this story? Where? With whom? What kinds of questions would you pose? (See How to use the questions for reflection for one approach.) Please email your questions to us or post them in […]

Stepping Outside My Comfort Zone

“I just walked into a school filled with rich kids that don’t have to work for anything.” Hold a Conversation In addition to the questions below, please see How to use the questions for reflection. Clarifying Questions What are some of the things the speaker was expecting when she first arrived at Valparaiso University? What […]

How Her Statement Made Me Feel

“Maybe it was cowardice to not confront her.” Hold a Conversation In addition to the questions below, please see How to use the questions for reflection. Clarifying Questions What causes the conflict between the speaker and her roommate? Describe the way the speaker reacts to that conflict. Why does the speaker say she reacts this […]

Then I’m Not Living

“Why do I have to be angry at them for what they believe?” Hold a Conversation In addition to the questions below, please see How to use the questions for reflection. Clarifying Questions Why does the speaker find the image of children playing useful? What does she think gets in the way of their getting along […]