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9 Signs You’re a Global Citizen

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It seems that “global citizen” has become a buzzword of sorts to today’s travel-hungry youth. More often than not, vacation selfies, which flood nearly every social media feed, are paired with hashtags like #worldcitizen and #wanderlust. But being part of the global community is about much more than the number of stamps in your passport; it’s understanding (and implementing!) a set of shared values that are priceless in today’s complex and interconnected world. If you’re a global citizen, these nine characteristics should sound familiar to you.

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9. You’re Not One to Follow the Crowd

You know the beaten path is often not the right one for you. When a group of your friends decide to vacation in Ibiza (again), you instead embark on your dream trip: a thrilling trek through northern India. Global citizens don’t go along with what others are doing for the sake of fitting in with the crowd. They’re independent-minded and never afraid of exploring the unknown — even if it means doing it solo.

8. Ignorance Isn’t Bliss

Sure, your Holi selfies look great on Instagram, but you know there’s much more to the festival than tossing around brightly colored powder in a sea of other people. Global citizens take time to learn about different cultures and traditions because they realize it can go a long way in helping them better understand the people, places, and events they experience.

7. You Always Keep an Open Mind

Speaking of other people, we live in a complex world where there is a difference in opinion on just about everything under the sun. Despite this, you believe we can all exist harmoniously. One thing all global citizens recognize is that it’s more important to understand one another than to agree on everything. Making an effort to better understand where others are coming from is key to thriving in situations of diversity and belonging to the world community.

6. You’re Naturally Empathetic

Although you may have never visited Nepal, when news spread of the devastating earthquakes that killed thousands of people and left many more displaced or injured, you were emotionally affected and felt compelled to help. Global citizens don’t let borders stand in the way of showing compassion; they care for people all over the world — including those they’ve never met.

5. You Crave Experiences — Not Possessions

You believe the saying: the best things in life are free. As cliché as it may sound, you really do think experiences trump material possessions and would pass on buying the latest tech gadget if it meant you were able to spend your spring break exploring the ins and outs of an unfamiliar city. Global citizens are always eager to broaden their minds with new experiences, which at the end of the day are likely to last longer than something purchased at the mall.

4. You’re Not Short-Sighted

Instant gratification is everything in today’s world. You can chat with someone in real-time from opposite sides of the globe, or deposit a paycheck to your bank account in seconds from your mobile phone. But over-indulging in these modern conveniences has come at a price: people are becoming increasingly impatient. You are different; you believe faster isn’t necessarily better. Like global citizens, you are willing to put the time and energy into something — even if you won’t see the results immediately.

3. You’re Not Afraid to Think Big

Big issues call for big solutions. You don’t get overwhelmed easily and are always up for a challenge. Global citizens don’t stand by and watch others come up with answers to the problems we all face. They may not necessarily have solutions to each issue, but they’re able to make sense of complex situations and …

2. You Work Well With Others

… work alongside others to solve them. The beauty of a global community is its diversity. Global citizens are like great sports captains: they can identify the strengths and weaknesses of their teammates and understand how to work with different personalities to inspire others to contribute to the task at hand.

1. You Embrace the Responsibilities of Global Citizenship

Like the saying goes: with great power comes great responsibility. Global citizens belong to an emerging world community and they recognize this as a responsibility as much as it is a privilege. You embrace your role in the world community and understand how your actions help shape our world.

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我们知道,2017年1月27日发布的关于联邦旅行限制的行政命令牵动着所有人的神经。这一行政命令是典型的受限于自身偏见、解决问题不得其法,最终效果适得其反的例子。我们的教育就是为了避免这些问题的出现。无论最终结果如何,我们都将坚持继续为Minerva的每一个学生提供我们力所能及提供的最好的教育---无论他们来自哪个国家。

我们的使命是为世界培养更多能够独立思考的人才。为了做到这一点,我们乐于见到,也必须诚心接纳所有与我们享有共同使命的人们---无论他们来自哪里。我们的团结来自不同地方各种各样的人,使不同的观点与不同的文化背景聚集在一起。我们的教育是为了给学生提供一种共同的知识语言,用于思想的交流,帮助他们客观冷静地分析世界上的问题,提出有效的方案加以解决。

作为Minerva全球游学经历的一部分,美国旧金山仍然是我们第一年为大家提供的第一站。如果有任何签证原因使得任何学生无法从旧金山开始他们Minerva的旅程,我们会全力确保他们在Minerva其它的学习经历不受任何影响。我们其他六个非美国城市仍然能为学生们提供最优秀的全球化体验。学生是Minerva最重要的组成部分,而我们会竭尽所能的支持他们对教育的追求。

Minerva是强大而有凝聚力的,是坚韧不拔的,是时刻准备好面对一切挑战、克服任何困难的。我们相信,通过所有人的共同努力,我们终将得以实现我们的使命。

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Minerva-入境禁令声明

To the Minerva community,

We know that the news of the executive order, issued on January 27, 2017 regarding federal travel restrictions, is on everyone’s mind. This order is a case study in failing to understand which problem needs to be solved, counterproductive policy making, and succumbing to cognitive biases — all of which are in direct opposition to what we stand for and educate to prevent. Whatever the final outcome, we will continue to provide the extraordinary Minerva education to every student in our community and to everyone who qualifies for admission — regardless of their country of origin.

Our mission is to nurture critical wisdom for the sake of the world. We cannot do that without embracing those who share that goal, no matter where they live. We create unity by bringing together people, perspectives, and cultures. We provide our students with a common intellectual language that allows them to analyze problems dispassionately and devise effective solutions that take into account unintended consequences.

As part of our global rotation, we will continue to offer our first year in the United States, with the intention to enable every qualified student from any country in the world to join us here. If visa restrictions will prohibit any of those students from beginning their Minerva journey in San Francisco, we will ensure that their education will not be impeded. Our six non-American locations provide ample opportunities for students to both experience the best the world has to offer and receive a full Minerva education. Our students are our top priority and we will support their educational pursuits in every way possible.

The Minerva community is strong, determined, and resilient. We know that by working together we will continue to realize our mission, regardless of what obstacles may confront us.

The Minerva Leadership Team

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Minerva大学将坚定地保持学生主体的多样性,并且确保学生们在四年里能够顺利的完成七个城市的本科学习项目。

Minerva is uniquely committed to openness with its incredibly diverse student body spending time in seven cities around the world during their four years as undergraduates.

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Minerva大学的学生中有75%都是国际学生,而且不设置招生限额。点击了解 Minerva录取流程与众不同的五个方面.

Minerva's 75% international student population is variable as Minerva has no quotas. Read about five ways Minerva admissions are different!

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Minerva学生将在四年内在七个城市学习生活。点击了解 Minerva的全球化体验.

Minerva students will live in seven different cities during their four years. Read more about Minerva's global experience .

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了解更多关于Minerva的录取流程

Learn more about Minerva's fair admissions here.

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Deciding to Transfer: A Second Chance at Making it Right

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Photo: Bob Miller for Minerva Schools at KGI

It never occurred to me that attending university was not mandatory. It was very much an expected rite of passage, a necessity to furthering my learning, and a requirement for any job I would actually enjoy. I never even considered applying to universities outside of the United Kingdom, because I hadn’t expected that option to be available. Despite having a fairly international outlook, I was limited by the expectations of my school, my family and my friends.

I put a lot of effort into choosing a university in my home country, reading the prospectuses, scouring the websites, visiting on open days, reading reviews. It took a long time to narrow down my options. It was almost as though I was looking at a list of paths I didn’t really want to take and trying to choose the least negative option.

Eventually, I got into the University of Birmingham, a prestigious Red Brick about an hour away from my home and deferred my entry in order to take a gap year, hoping it would help me make a good decision based on what I wanted.

Toward the end of my gap year, which I spent in Norway, I started to feel uneasy about going to university at all. I didn’t know what I wanted, and I worried that I was making a decision based on all the wrong things.

When I arrived at university, I stared up at the red brick buildings, the stunning clock tower, and the generations-old green spaces. I looked at the huge, shining sports facilities, the squat library, the lecture halls, and the student union. It was exactly what I had been promised, and yet I had a strange feeling of regret and resignation.

I attended lectures sporadically, like the rest of my classmates. Very few people seemed interested in what we were studying. I found myself getting stared down by my classmates whenever I spoke in a seminar. “If only she’d stop asking questions, maybe we could leave early.”

I wasn’t learning much and I definitely wasn’t having fun. I complained to a friend and he encouraged me to apply to American universities. I looked, but other than the much broader curriculum, they didn’t seem to offer anything radically different to mine. Then, he emailed me a link to the Minerva Schools at KGI.

As I read through the website, the idea of Minerva swelled within me. Traveling around the world with a tight-knit community of students, while taking classes built on a pedagogy I had been advocating for years — it sounded like a dream. Just a couple of days before the deadline, I hastily applied, pulling together forms from my old schools with a sense of almost insane urgency.

It didn’t occur to me until after I had sent my application how small a chance I had of actually being admitted. This was the only university I was applying to, and if I didn’t get in, I would have to complete my degree at my current school. As each day passed, I found I wanted that less and less, until the thought became almost repugnant.

The email came at 2 a.m. during my Easter break. All it said was “Today, you will know.” Fumbling blindly in the dark for my laptop, my hands shaking, my heart pounding, I finally got it open. “Rosemarie, we invite you — “ I screamed.

Deciding to transfer to Minerva wasn’t hard. In comparison to choosing Birmingham, it took so little time and so little anxiety. I felt as though I had found something that fit — not just a better alternative, but something I really wanted for my life.

I talked to a lot of people about transferring, and they all gave different advice. If I could give a potential transfer student one piece of advice, it would be to really listen to yourself. Are you happy? Is this what you want? Do you think this change will lead to your fulfillment?

The answer is there, you just have to find it.

The people I have met at Minerva this semester are fascinating, passionate, and, quite simply, as similar to me in drive and personality as they are different from me in every other respect. Everyone has a different accent, different beliefs, different skin tones, different interests. But each and every human being in this place is united by a passion to learn, a desire to take risks, and the drive to make a difference in the world.

We work very hard here, but the work is rewarding in a way I have never felt before. I am challenged and engaged in new ways, using parts of my brain I didn’t know existed. Transferring to Minerva has given me the confidence to take chances, to accept adversity, and, most importantly, to learn to follow my own lead.

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Ascent I for Class of 2021 Admits

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From January 27 - 29, Minerva's Class of 2021's admitted students from all over the world came together in San Francisco for this year's first Ascent Weekend.

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Look for a further review of Ascent as told by some of the Class of 2021's admitted Chinese students coming soon!

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