Sachi Ando, Widener University

Assistant Professor Chester, Pennsylvania sando@mail.widener.edu Office: (610) 499-4564

Bio/Research

Learning can be compared to journey. Discoveries are waiting to be explored. Each serendipitous encounter can change one's life. Journey is full of many twists, turns and detours. Obstacles and hurdles sometimes hinder one from continuing the expedition. In the course of journey, one experiences ...

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Bio/Research

Learning can be compared to journey. Discoveries are waiting to be explored. Each serendipitous encounter can change one's life. Journey is full of many twists, turns and detours. Obstacles and hurdles sometimes hinder one from continuing the expedition. In the course of journey, one experiences aspiration, despair, hope, and fulfillment. Every step is a given opportunity for learning.

A purpose of higher education is to prepare students to navigate themselves in their life-long journey. Education provides a learning environment, where students can develop knowledge and skills that are meaningful to them. Students are not blank slate to be filled with information; they bring in their ideas and experiences. Education is an opportunity for students to reorganize their experiences, which offer new ways of looking at their maps and increase ability to redirect the course of their subsequent journey.

I truly believe in strengths and potentials each student innately possesses. One's objective in journey is to maximize her or his potentials for self-actualization. Every single student also has a given life mission only she or he can possibly carry out. A teacher as a travel agent facilitates a process of learning journey, by providing students with different ideas, tools and means. A teacher cannot force learning to students. Students determine their own destination, that is, where they want to reach and what they want to get out of their journeys. Education enables students to find keys that open up unlimited possibilities.

Education enriches students by cultivating their qualities. People equipped with knowledge and skills are powerful when it comes to fight against social injustices. Dedication of their lives to the wellbeing of society is actually for their own interests. Assisting others is to help themselves eventually because life is woven through an interaction with others. The essence of life is to enjoy to the fullest, and giving supportive hands to people in need is the most joyful and utmost happiness that people can possibly attain in life. Happiness of each person will lead to the ultimate wellbeing of the entire society. I believe education can make this happen, and I am truly excited to being part of a student's journey to the professional life.


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