An Individual vs. A Community
Leaving a community that an individual is comfortable with is a difficult process. Not only that, but moving into a community where an individual has to live with complete strangers is even worse. It is a large culture shock that many individuals need time to adjust to. This is where many students realize that they want to find themselves and create their own personal identity, but what defines an identity? This is the same question that the individuals at Quinnipiac University discussed as the incoming freshmen began moving into their new home. The QU 101 seminar at Quinnipiac University highlights important topics that are essential to the course:
The first of three interdisciplinary seminars at the heart of our innovative
general education curriculum, it introduces our freshmen to the core value
that most fully encompasses Quinnipiac’s stated mission as a university:
community. Accordingly, the course introduces students to academic
perspectives that address human nature, individuality, and the goals of the
community, while easing their transition into a new community – Hamden,
Connecticut – and a new type of community – Quinnipiac University”(v).
Not only that but, “QU 101 is a humanities-based, cross-disciplinary seminar that features close, creative reading, open, involved discussions, and critical, evidence-based writing about some of the enduring questions and inevitable tensions that arise between individual rights and communal responsibilities” (Dansdill, vii). These excerpts explain what the purpose of the class is and how it allows students to come together as a community and investigate the relationship between the community and an individual. The class provides the incoming students with knowledge that is necessary for them to reach their goals and become a true part of their community. This required, first-semester seminar course focuses on helping students to fulfill an essential value of the University’s...