Today, I was just assigned my housing and address for the first 6 weeks of my stay in India, and I will have a roommate from the U of M join me in the same house. Now I only hope the house, well apartment actually, does not have a servant. I was told many of the upper castes have servants. Some are even children looking to help make money for their families. These children often do not get an education. The family may chose to pay them back by providing them with an education. This this is very rare and usually happens when the servant is treated like a family member. Some servants may be treated like family members and may even sleep on an actual bed. However, they could potentially be treated like dirt and are forced to sleep on the hard ground, and that would be considered socially acceptable. It would be incredibly rude of me to even make any gesture of sympathy for them.
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When I was a freshman here at the University of Minnesota in 2009, I had no idea what I wanted to major in. I enrolled in the Swahili language because I knew Spanish was full and I have always liked studying languages but I didn’t realize the University offered so many. I took Swahili for a single semester and realized that I enjoyed learning about other cultures, but Africa wasn’t the region I wanted to study. Immediately I thought about becoming a Global Studies Major with an emphasis in South Asia. I had always been entranced by the culture and society of India, as well as the Hindi scripture. Therefore, beginning my sophomore year, I began taking Hindi classes and have completed one full year of Hindi so far and am enrolled for the upcoming semester.
Currently, I am majoring in Sociology of Law, Criminology, and Deviance and am minoring in Family Violence Prevention, and I have extreme interest in domestic abuse and international violence. I would really love to intern in India and work closely with advocates and other townspeople on the issues of violence at hand in their region of India. I have taken courses such as Gender Violence in Global Perspectives, Intimate Partner Violence, as well as an Indian Feminisms course which has taught me how to deal, analyze, and respond to different issues relating to violence and discrimination. I was first interested in these issues when I was a freshman and I enrolled in a Freshman Seminar where we were able to choose our own topic of interest and create a research project about it. A group of two other girls and me decided to research Sex Trafficking. We realized it was a harsh and not widely known topic, but it think that was what intrigued us the most. Researching this topic really sparked my interest in violence occurring in other countries across the globe, not just in the United States. Since then, I have always been interested in getting into the Criminal Justice field or Law Enforcement. I would love to gain hands-on experience, especially in the Criminal Justice side of things when it comes to these issues, and especially on how India, in particular, responds to violence.