Meet Our NSR Student Editors — Hannah Jean Kunde, Assistant Editor – The North Star Reports – Sponsored by The College of St. Scholastica and The Middle Ground Journal
Hannah Jean Kunde, NSR Assistant Editor. Major: Natural Science. Minor: Biology. Institutional Affiliation: The College of St. Scholastica. Graduation: 2016. Middle Ground Journal: 2014, North Star Reports: 2015
I have always been a naturally curious person. Even in college, I have always been the person to raise their hand, to stay after class, and take advantage of my professors’ office hours. This has not only pushed me into my major, but also fueled my love of history. Despite thinking that history and biology couldn’t have anything in common, it couldn’t be farther from the truth. Both areas have not only taught me to ask the bigger questions, but laid the foundation for my future studies. As I head towards my final lap of my undergraduate degree, I feel I may leave with more questions than answers. However, my professors have taught me well in the art of tenacity and to approach every problem from a new angle.
The main reason I volunteer for the NSR is because of my love of learning. I get a lot out of reading my peers work and it inspirers me to keep asking questions. It may sound silly because many of us are already adults, but I aspire to be like many of them as I grow up. I find myself reading not just the articles, but the questions followed by in the response section. There is never one way of looking at a situation and reading another peers work is no different. As I go onto research for other classes and the NSR, I find I can really use the skills that my professors have worked so hard to teach us. Sadly, I do find it harder to enjoy other sources of media without looking at it from a scholarly research perspective. For example, movies that are meant to be relaxing and charming, are often pulled onto my browser to be dissected into historical and often cultural meanings based off a single comment. While I still enjoy a movie at the theater as much as any other college student, I find myself enjoying a film in a different kind of light.
From this experience of being an NSR editor I not only hope to inform people, but to inspire people to go on to research for themselves. I hope to not only gain knowledge from peers, but share my knowledge as well. We simply need to ask the question.
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The North Star Reports: Global Citizenship and Digital Literacy, The College of St. Scholastica and the scholarly Middle Ground Journal’s online learning community and outreach program with undergraduate and K-12 classes around the world. The North Star Reports has flourished since 2012. For a brief summary, please see the American Historical Association’s Perspectives on History, at:
The North Star Reports publishes edited essays from our students, particularly from those who are currently stationed, or will soon be stationed abroad. Students have reported from Mongolia, Southern China, Shanghai, northeastern China, The Netherlands, Tanzania, Ireland, England, Finland, Russia, and Haiti. We also have students developing reviews of books, documentaries, and films, and analysis of current events from around the world. We will post their dispatches, and report on their interactions with the North Star Reports students and teachers. We thank The Department of History and Politics and the School of Arts and Letters of The College of St. Scholastica for their generous financial support for The North Star Reports and The Middle Ground Journal.
Hong-Ming Liang, Ph.D., Editor-in-Chief, The North Star Reports; Chief Editor, The Middle Ground Journal; Associate Professor of History and Politics, The College of St. Scholastica, Duluth, MN, USA
(c) 2012-present The North Star Reports: Global Citizenship and Digital Literacy http://NorthStarReports.org ISSN: 2377-908X The NSR is sponsored by The Middle Ground Journal and The College of St. Scholastica. See Masthead for our not-for-profit educational open- access policy. K-12 teachers, if you are using these reports for your classes, please contact editor-in-chief Professor Liang at HLIANG (at) css.edu