Politics of Self Paper
The very first assignment we received in Global was the Politics of self essay. This essay was meant for us to assess ourselves spiritually at the beginning of global. It was required to identify the seven things you value most, define each of these items as they pertain to you, explain why it is of value, prove its existence in your life by explaining how it is demonstrated and to what extent, identify something missing from the picture, reflect how this connects to your personal beliefs about life, about politics and issues that confront your generation, and finally, your view of “the spiritual life”. This assignment is meant to compare your spiritual beliefs and writing skills from the beginning of global to the end of the semester. I forgot to mention. We only had two days to complete this. It is believed by many of the global students that this spontaneous assignment was used as a method to scare us half to death for the extreme workload and stresses that awaited us in the near-future.


Self Disclosure Box/ Presentation
Our second project assigned was the Self box and presentation. You must depict your individual self through a creative box whilst demonstrating 14 different local and world issues. You must also include your hopes, cares unknowns, fears, desires, ambitions and needs. We really got to know each other’s’ skills through these boxes and presentations.  As we look back on these presentations, we laugh as to how nervous we were, given that now we have become close like family. We compare these boxes to our most recent “Self Actualization Box” to see how far we’ve come from the beginning of the semester.


The Death test
Oh, the infamous death test. The test is based on the accumulation of Morri’s many history lectures. If you plan on passing this test, being attentive in class, taking countless notes, doing your work ten times over, studying until your brain turns into mush is FAR from enough to be successful. Here are a few tips to pass this test: First you must make sure you have a lifetime supply of coffee by your side, second, you must isolate yourself from any existing life form, and third, you cannot even think about sleep, even though at that point, you’re barely familiar with the term. After this is completed, the suffering begins. You will spend countless hours reading and rewriting notes, creating your own practice tests, and memorizing every word you’ve written. If you begin to feel comfortable with your information, you know something is severely wrong.  After many painstaking hours of study and severe lack of sleep, it is time to write the test. 20 true and false twisted, 5 paragraph questions, and a whole essay of nonsense must be written in a little over an hour.  Every second you spent studying will feel useless. Never have I been so proud of a 43% in my life.

Death Test Song


Colony to Nationhood
Colony to Nationhood is perhaps our biggest and most time consuming assignment in terms of group presentations. It is, however, by far the most exciting. We were assigned a third world country, and it was our responsibility to creatively trace its way from colony to independence.  Throughout this hour-long presentation, we got to experience the major events in history, the religions and spirituality, traditions, the poetry, the food, the art, the people, all the problems they are facing today, and so much more.  Although many sleepless nights have been spent preparing, everything fell perfectly into place. Every day during the whole week of presentations, we had something exciting to look forward to. We wanted to see what everyone had put together in a matter of weeks. Here’s a word of advice: Do not read your information of a paper, Make sure you know how to pronounce words correctly, be careful with the use of technology, do not use power points, and for Mr. Taylor’s sake, do NOT use Popsicle sticks! Oh, if you can make the teachers laugh, you know you’re on the right track. An example of this would be Kevin’s Malaysian indigenous costume. Many (embarrassing) pictures will be provided below.


Cuba Project
After a long, dare I say it, vacation in Cuba; we’re back to work the minute we get home.  We’re assigned a Cuba project in which we must demonstrate the past, present and future of the Cuban people, along with our emotional and spiritual experiences. To make this even more challenging, it must be three dimensional, and a maximum of three words shall be used. It was really interesting to see what people came up with in such a short period of time. 

Children’s Religion Book
“To understand a topic clearly, you must be able to explain it to a small child” (David Morrison).  In less than a week, we were told to prepare an illustrated children’s book on religious topics including Buddhism, Hinduism, Christianity, Islamic, Judaism, Sikhism and Wickhism. This project really gave us clear understandings of certain religions because it was put in such simple forms.  Extracting the most simple and accurate information can be a lot more challenging than it appears.  Every group took a different approach, and it was interesting to see every group’s differentiating creative abilities.


Shaman Statues
In a matter of weeks, we are required to build a walking man sculpture which demonstrates two intertwined ISU issue topics. This human-sized sculpture will be represent as a metaphor in form of a myth. 


World Issue Blogs
Every couple of weeks we got the chance to explore the most current world issues in every part of the world such as Europe, North America, South/Central America, Asia/Australia, Africa and the middle east. We were able to analyze every social/cultural, political, economic, and environmental aspect of the problem, and figure out the roots of the issue. We were able to predict the complexity of the aftershock as a mind map, and form our, usually vehement, opinions surrounding the current issue.

Sarah Brooks
Mary Tress
Carlee Bayes
Danika Goshulak
Ben Lepage
Brandon Richards




Self Actualizing Box
This ISU box is our final integrated project. Blood, sweat and tears get put into this assignment.  Disregard every social aspect of your life for this little box needs much room to take over. While building, you will experience enormous frustration.  You’ll spend hours on the structure alone just to realize that one measurement is a tiny bit off; therefore the box does not fold.  You must use every creative fibre of your being to complete this box. You must think outside the box (hahahaha).  There are seven major aspects. On the outside of the box, you must demonstrate your ISU topic in any way you want, as long as it makes sense. The first compartment is the self actualizing amulet. On the first side of the amulet, you must visually display who you were when you first arrived in global, and the second side represents how you have grown. The second section is Morri’s history component. In the drawer, must demonstrate what you have learned historically. The third is Mr. Torelee’s world issues section. the lid is a collage of a world issue and inside the box is a maze which leads to a solution of the issue. The fourth compartment is the Cuba aspect of the program. You must have an artefact from Cuba that demonstrates the popular culture of our observations. The fifth compartment is the religion aspect, and the sixth and final is Ruttan’s English component, which or lives before and after global, demonstrated through a poem.