Abby Senseney: Introduction

My name is Abby Senseney, and I am a rising sophomore.  I am on track to graduate with a double major in Human Service Studies and International Studies.  In high school, I was on the varsity tennis team, and I was involved with Club Tennis throughout this year.  Every summer in high school, I went on mission trips around the Midwest with my youth group, and this passion for service has followed me into college.  This past year, I have been involved with Habitat for Humanity as well as volunteering at Head Start preschool in Burlington.  Next winter term, I am going to Costa Rica as part of the Jungle Service trip.  Serving others in need is something that is close to my heart, so I signed up for this class to learn more about global humanitarian aid and issues that affect many people around the world.

My GST 110 class focused on two areas: food and refugee groups.  For the first half of the semester, talked about where our food comes from and how we can become more socially and environmentally responsible for our food choices.  For example, locally grown foods require less fossil fuels for transport than foods that must be shipped from across the country or globe, and therefore are a more environmentally friendly choice.  Being aware of the impact of your choices was something that really resonated with me and is especially important in our global age.  For the final part of the semester, our class learned about several refugee groups in America while reading Outcasts United.  We also read Persepolis, a memoir about the Islamic Revolution in Iran.  Reading and discussing these books increased my awareness of various cultural groups’ history and the context of many conflicts still going on today.  These situations abound around the world, and becoming more educated about them will help me learn how to do my part in helping those who need it.

As I have only spent one year at Elon, not many of the classes I have taken relate to this class.  I would definitely say that my GST 110 subject matter was the most relevant to this class.  I am interested in learning more about global crisis situations and what I can do to effectively help!

Bookshelf we painted at Rogers Park UMC in Chicago

Bookshelf we painted at Rogers Park UMC in Chicago on 2010 mission trip

Mission where we worked in New Mexico

Mission where we worked in New Mexico on 2012 mission trip

Satrapi, Marjane.  Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood.  New York: Pantheon Books, 2003.  Print.

St. John, Warren.  Outcasts United: An American Town, a Refugee Team, and One Woman’s Quest to Make a Difference.  New York: Spiegel & Grau Trade Paperbacks, 2009.  Print.

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One Comment

  1. Posted June 4, 2013 at 7:38 pm | Permalink

    I like how your GST110 course has made you want to learn more about global issues. Your GST course sounds interesting especially for the Islamic revolution part. I like that you want to act, not just say people need helps.