Arizona State University is the largest public university in the United States. Humphrey Fellows are hosted in state-of-the-art facilities at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, and supported by Program Manager Kristi Kappes and Program Curator Dr. William B. Silcock.
As fellows, we arrived at ASU on Aug. 1, 2013, and hit the ground running with an intensive two weeks of orientation designed to help us understand American culture, the academic and social aspects of our program, and how to navigate this year.
Some of the orientation activities included a meeting with ASU President Dr. Michael Crow on our first day and a welcome reception in our honor with Cronkite School Dean Christopher Callahan. Special events at the Cronkite School such as the weekly Must See Mondays Speaker Series were also open to us. We were especially pleased when our own Humphrey colleagues — Derya Kaya, Javaria Tareen and Hina Ali — shared their experiences regarding political unrest in their home countries in an emotional Must See Mondays session.
Reflection Question: Share your most memorable reflection from the Humphrey Orientation activities.
It was exciting discovering my true colors during the True Colors personality exercise. Steven Kapoloma
In our meeting with ASU’s President Crow on Aug. 5, he referenced some ideas from Robert F. Kennedy’s “Day of Affirmation” speech: “Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring those ripples builds a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.” The presentation by Humphrey Fellow Ivana Braga from Brazil in which she shared her dream of becoming a raindrop was another memorable point of orientation for me. In so many ways, President Crow’s and Ivana’s remarks both inspired me during my Humphrey journey. Rhonda Jaipaul-O’Garro
Reflection Question: Share one reflection from your social and educational experiences at ASU.
Being a panelist in front of more than 100 people on a Must See Mondays Panel was a huge challenge for me. I am still not sure how it went but I realized how courageous I am.
The first Must See Mondays featuring my colleagues from Pakistan and Turkey will always stay vivid in my memory, as it showed their courage, maturity and difficulties they are encountering in their professional environment. I felt proud to be a part of the group with such amazing young women.
Speaking at Must See Mondays was a great opportunity to let the students here at Cronkite know how difficult journalism is in Pakistan and in particular in Balochistan.
I recall the session with Bob Schieffer, the 2013 Walter Cronkite Journalism Excellence award winner. Meeting us while in town to accept his Cronkite Award, he taught us a lot and shared some insights from his experience, as well as his vision of the role of digital journalism today and his hope for the future of the profession. The anchor of CBS Face the Nation issued this remarkable reflection: “Journalism is about finding the truth. There is a need for accuracy; nice to get it first, but nice to get it right.” That summarizes the danger that threatens journalism in the race to be the first on a story. Issa Napon