Dedicated to Multifaceted Learning
The Thompson Family Foundation requires students to write a grant proposal and submit a reflection as part of the travel experience. Writing a grant proposal is valuable experience because you must state what you want to do, why you want to do it, and ask for funding. Proposals force us to organize and put on paper what it is we really want. Our desire is no longer an abstract thought or wish. It becomes real. Asking for financial support also teaches us that no one achieves anything alone.
Writing a reflection on the activity is another valuable experience. Comparing what we thought our experience would be and what we actually experienced makes us really think about what we learned. The end of that comfort zone is no longer so intimidating.
Our Message for HNA Students
Each year, we are able to meet with students who receive travel grants. It is rewarding to hear students reflect on their travel experience when their first thought upon arrival was, “What have I gotten myself into?” It is a joy to watch students discover new worlds.
While it is easy to see our limitations, education and experiences beyond our comfort zone empower us to accomplish whatever we set as our goals.