Sometimes I don’t think that I realize how advanced we are as Americans compared to a lot of places. FNU has a short existence of five years, however it was created by merging many schools of various disciplines that were previously established in Suva. Walking around the campus made me feel sort of like I was in the barracks at VMI. The building were all cinder block, with limited air conditioning and desks that looked like we fell into a 1980s high school class room. There was minimal students that had technology and even the equipment for the staff looked to be quite dated.
Even though the university wasn’t as modern and contemporary as we were used to it made me realize that the students we encountered were perfectly happy with everything they had. As students in America we are constantly given the most current technology and taught to learn with online homework or hybrid classes but what we fail to realize is that it is solely about the education and the opportunities we can receive from our university at the end of the day. It’s all about the experience and making the most of everything we encounter. This was truly one of my defining moments on GCP. I think that visiting and talking with FNU students of all different disciplines made me realize how much we take for granted and that this opportunity we have is once in a life time and that we are put at Shenandoah for a purpose which is to become the best we can be with the most globalized perspective possible and to fully embrace the world around us.