With the start of the new semester, we’re excited to continue our #HumansofIDP series! Former EDUC 2610 students, Alex Jacobs ’20 and Rafael Bitanga ’23 (now an EDUC 2610 facilitator!), were paired together for an interview assignment when they took the class in Spring 2020. Here’s what they have to say about the experience:
What was valuable to you about the interview assignment experience?
What do you appreciate about one another?
I appreciated Alex for being open-minded during our interview experience activity. After the activity, he invited me to watch a movie with his friends at Cornell Cinema and this allowed me to connect with upperclassmen during my freshman year. Near the end of the 2020 IDP spring semester, COVID-19 turned my life around leaving me without a place to live for the last few month. Alex welcomed me into his apartment and this couldn’t not have happened without IDP. One and a half years later, we are still connected. Congratulations on graduating, Alex!
What have you learned about yourself?
As a facilitator, reflecting on my experience as a student, I know that I struggled with balancing content and process. As a student, I read the readings, but not all of them clicked with me, and now as a facilitator I have the opportunity to go back and learn and surface deeper thoughts. I also learned to speak to my mom about my sexual identity and without IDP I would not have felt brave to speak about a topic that was foreign to my culture.