Bafa Bafa

So if you end up taking globalization here at Drake, chances are you’ll get to participate in Bafa Bafa, this crazy culture experience that each section of the class has to go through. Yesterday, I helped facilitate one of the simulations and it was such a blast.

Without giving too much away (I don’t wanna ruin it for you), it’s this experiment where the class gets split into two countries, and each is taught a different way of life. Then you send explorers and observers and see what happens. Every time I’ve had the chance to participate in this, different things have unfolded. It’s so interesting to see how different groups of individuals react to different cultural rules and norms.

This is such an awesome way to get some kind of cultural experience without ever leaving campus (which, like, still try to get out into the real world once in a while too).  It’s just one more reason I love Drake, for their commitment to global learning. It’s even in our mission statement…

“Drake’s mission is to provide an exceptional learning environment that prepares students for meaningful personal lives, professional accomplishments, and responsible global citizenship. The Drake experience is distinguished by collaborative learning among students, faculty, and staff and by the integration of the liberal arts and sciences with professional preparation.”

I’m so pumped to study abroad, but I know not everyone will get the chance, so it’s sweet that so many undergrads can at least have a little taste of what culture shock feels like, even if it’s on a much smaller scale. I’m so confident to say that everyone that comes to Drake will definitely leave having learned more about what it means to be a responsible global citizen, because of programs like this one.



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