February

The month of February has been long and fulfilling one at school. I joined a new organization called Building Bridges on campus. It’s a social justice oriented group that focuses on a special topic every year. This year’s topic is the War on Drugs: Sliver or Lead. I joined Building Bridges because I wanted to be a part of something outside my comfort zone. I had to act in our action piece that talked about police violence.

As for my classes, I am taking four classes on campus and an independent study class. The first class I would like to talk about it is my dance aerobics class. In the class we learn various aerobic moments that challenge our bodies in different than weight training. Second class is called Teaching Writing and this class we examine the ways in which writing has been taught in school. I am not the biggest fan of writing but this class has piqued my interest because I am learning about myself as a writer. My third class is called People’s, Environment, and Africa. This course mainly focus on the ecological affects humans have the environment in Africa and globally. My fourth class is called Peace Studies. In the class we read many articles and watch documentaries that talk about the peace movements. My last class is an independent study class where I tutor adults at the Saint Peter community center. I mostly work with individuals who are just begin to learn the English language. I enjoy this class because the people are willing and eager to learn with me.

 

Until next time,
Said Mohamed

November

This past month has been eventful because of the events I took part such as the International Festival. I worked with fellow students in planning the event and executing it. I also registered for classes in the spring meaning that I almost done with my college career.

As for my classes, I have been keeping busy with various reading and writing assignment that I do on weekly basis. In my Urban Geography, we took a field trip to Saint Paul to talk with few community members about their urban experience. One of the member talked about his background as community organizer and relationships he built with local politicians. In my Social Problems class we had to write a paper about a deviant behavior on our college campus. The deviant behavior I picked was underage drinking because college has policy in place that prohibition the consumption of alcohol. In my metal sculpture class, we began working on our final project for the semester. My project is a magnetic pendulum with a floating peace symbol. I’m really enjoying my volley ball class because it allows me to start my day off with energy. I understanding the game and its history in the United States.

Until next time,

Said Mohamed

October

The month of October has been a fun and eventful month of college for me. I had the wonderful opportunity to listen to the Nobel Conference on Addiction. I’ve learned great deal on addiction and the various levels of being addict. In addition, I had the delightful chance of inducting six new member into the fraternity of Kappa Sigma Chi. These six individual bring new life to the fraternity that will hopeful allow us flourish on campus and in the community.

As for my academics, I have been busy with my class load for this semester but I am managing things very well. In my volleyball class we have started playing full games amongst each other to practice the skills we have learned. In my Urban Geography class we had the chance to sit in on city hall meeting in North Mankato. I learned that North Mankato community is active in their city government. We also talked with citizens of North Mankato and they talked about the important of saving the 200 year old oak trees. In my Nature of Math class we are discuss the misconception that charts display when not properly scaled. In my Social Problem class we are talk about issues and how they become social problems. I wonder if anything can become a social problem? In my art class, I complete my first project which is bird made of metal sheets. This project required me to login in my more hours than I had expected to put in.

I am extremely excited for the month of November because the Pan-African Student Organization is going to be holding our annual Our Story Conference. In previous years I had leadership roles in the organization but this I more of mentor to the new students.

All the best,

Said Mohamed

September

I can’t believe that I am one month closer to graduating from college. The month of September has been eventful seeing old friends, professor, and meeting the new first year’s students. I have the wonderful opportunity of welcoming the new first year class to Pan-African Student organization.

My classes are going well thus far for the amount of reading that I due on nightly basis. Although, I like reading I’m beginning to feel overwhelmed but I am able to manage. I am taking five classes this semester from various disciplines. One of my classes is Urban Geography and in this class we discuss how urban cities have developed. The ultimate question we are trying to answer is “Cities for Whom”? My second class is Nature of math and in this course we learn to think for mathematical problems in ways that are abnormal. I am learning to think critical about mathematical problems. My third class is metal sculpture and in this class we are learning about various things occur when heating metal. I currently working on project sculpting our own birds. My fourth class is Social Problems and this class we are discussing how issues become social problem. We reading numerous case studies about issues that become social problem like South Africa’s Apartheid regime. My last class is volleyball and we are learning fundamental skills of the game.

Until next time,

Said Mohamed

April

This month has been filled with excitement for me because my fraternity brothers and I have partnered up with new organization called Buddies not Bullies in Duluth, MN. We wanted to work with local organization that we could build a close relationships while having an impact locally. We are currently in the process of planning a fund raising event that will take place annual in the spring to help raise awareness in Saint Peter Community.

My classes have been going well except for the amount of researcher papers that I’ve been working on. Although, I am not a fan of research papers, I understand the importance of knowing how to construct, analyze and organize your thoughts into cohesive paper. For example in my Research Methods course we are required to write a grant proposal based on our research topic. I am learning different techniques for doing certain parts of the proposal such as how to write a proper literature review that supports the research question. In my sociology class we are using contemporary examples of social inequalities such as health care and education. As for my political geography class, we created poster presentation on current global problems. My group research was on al-Shabaab and their raise to power in Somali. Lastly, my Islam class we are reading about the ways religious ideology has been used to further political agenda.

The month of April has been one busy month for me with classes, student actives, and applying for jobs. I can see the light at the end of the tunnel.

Until next,

Said Mohamed

March

March

The month of March has been a busy but fantastic experience from classes to my extracurricular activities. The Pan African Student Organization hosted its annual Africa Night. Africa Night is event that we put on to celebrate the different cultures from the African Continent as well as the diaspora. This year we had students performing dances, reading poetry, performing skits, fashion show, and we had east Africa food to share with audience.

As far as classes go, I’ve gotten into the full swing of the semester. I had a few exams early the month march that I did well on. These exam results built up my confidences certain classes that I did not feel confident in my studying methods. For example my Political Geography classes we were given a study guide that consisted of major themes discuss during the first half of the semester. I looked over every article we read for class as well as emailing the professor for clarification of issue that I encountered. In my Islam class, I have been talking with my professor about how to get the most out of the reading we do for class. I’m beginning to have better understanding of what to pay attention to while reading articles and this in return is helping me contribute more to class discussion. The class that I’m really excelling in is Principle of Sociology. I just seem to be able to absorb concept really well and reflects on my exam scores. My research methods class is going really well. We began discussing different methods of conducting our research as well as practicing these methods in class amongst our fellow classmates.

Thanks for all your kind support.

Until next time,

Said Mohamed

February

February

The month of February has been a rewarding one for me because of all of things I have accomplished with organizations on campus and the beginning of classes. I helped with straightening out the Pan-African Student Organization finances by guiding treasury to find the right paperwork to fill out. I also helped with the planning of bringing two outstanding African American speakers.

This semester I am taking four classes–two in the Geography department one in religion and another in sociology. My favorite class this semester is Research Methods class because I develop my own research proposal. My proposal topic is on the Somali Community in Hennepin County and their use of social services. I hope to disprove some negative stereotypes that are made about the Somali community. My second class in the geography department is Political Geography and in this class we study cases in history where geography has been used as a tool to further political agenda. My third class is Principals of Sociology and this class is an introductory course in sociology’s basic building blocks. My last class is Islam in the Pluralism and in this class we study contemporary issues surrounding Islam.

Thanks for all your kind support.

Until next time,

Said Mohamed