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STEPS TO BECOMING A GLOBAL CITIZEN
Step 1. Learn about your family heritage. What countries did your grandparents or great grandparents come from. Talk to them or find out from your parents about the stories they have in immigrating to the United States. What was life like in their native counties, what were some of their traditions?
Step 2. Keep a Globe or a World Map close by! Every time you hear are country you are not sure of it's location, find it on the map. Soon, the world will become very familiar.
Step 3. Make learning a second language a top priority as early as possible. They state that one of the reasons U.S. students are so poor in second languages is that we start to learn them too late in our development.
Step 4. Read Books, Newspapers, the web about news from foreign countries. Current events are wonderful. The more you read, the more all of the news and global happenings will make sense to you.
Step 5. Explore other cultures through food, music, art, etc. One great way to do this is to pick a different country and follow some of their holiday traditions each year. By doing this, you will begin to understand the country's culture and lifestyle.
Step 6. Encourage your family to invite a foreign exchange student to live with you, whether short term a week or two of longer term a semester.
Step 7. Encourage your family to take interesting family vacations, not to resort type places, rather to states within the U.S. or counties outside that can offer a real learning adventure.
Step 8. Try to incorporate an Internship or study abroad programs into your Academic career.
Have fun Learning!!!
“As a business executive and former expat, I see huge differences between children and young adults with a global perspective and those without it—differences in conceptual capacity, world view, broad thinking, and openness to diverse experiences and people. Having a global mindset is a major competitive advantage for young adults entering the workforce.”
– Ann Longo, Vice President of Marketing, OAG
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