Joanie Vasiliadis – 4. Conclusion: towards global citizenshipRome Internships, Spring 2012
Looking back on my semester in Rome, I'm so grateful for not only my internship placement but also the internship seminar for opening my eyes to a different culture. Born and raised in the United States, I've only truly been exposed to one education system and one labor market. Before coming to Rome, I thought that I had a decent knowledge of international issues, and thus I could consider myself a global citizen with a degree of cultural intelligence. I can't help but laugh at that statement now. Traveling Europe and living in Rome has enhanced my awareness that I've only popped my United State's bubble. I've come to believe that global citizenship, this concept that is so appealing to future employers and seems intellectual and sophisticated, is not something attainable by the age of 21. In fact, I'm not sure that it's something attainable in a lifetime. There are always new cultures to explore and new differences to understand. As I expose myself to new experiences, I'll be able to leave any latent ethnocentrism behind, appreciate and criticize the society in which I live, and continue on my never-ending path to global citizenship.
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