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I have really enjoyed this class this semester.  I really like that the class is a safe space to talk about sensitive maters having to do with culture.  I really like that we can tackle and talk about political correctness in an educational way that helps understand the different ways it is appropriate to communicate to each other and other cultures we may not be familiar with.  I really like the diversity in our class as well.  I am a white male and I really value the thoughts from my other classmates that might be of other race, gender, or another diverse background other than mine.  

“Power Matters” was a fun read.  Im not sure why all my classes sync up, but the past week all of my professors have been giving lectures on Power.  I think this is a really interesting topic and something that can be dove into deeply.  I really think power matters and is important to have.  We need power in our own lives and with others to accomplish goals and tasks.  Without it nothing would get done. 

With that being said I do think that Power can be a negative thing as well.  If people are using power to negatively influence or effect someone else, this can be where power is destructive.  I think many people use power to do this.  Doing that can be very hurtful and damaging to relationships.  

I think power also can given to others.  Sometimes in my own life I find it refreshing to not have the power.  Having the power all the time can be stressful and exhausting.  I think the most important thing is knowing yourself and knowing when it’s time to have the power and let someone else have the power.  This will help build more meaningful relationships and be better communicators.  

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Post 1 First 3 Weeks

It has been a fun first few weeks of class.  I have learned a lot.  I have a lot of cross culture communication experience, so learning from class topics has put some good education behind what I have experienced.  

My Name is Aaron and I am 31 years old.  I am a senior this year and can’t wait to get my bachelors comm degree.  I have lived all over the world and enjoy traveling and seeing different walks of life.  In my free time I enjoy fly fishing, photography, and hanging with friends and family.  

As I mentioned above I have a lot of cross cultural communication experience.  In 2014 I married my wife, she is from Germany.  She has lived there her whole life.  We met when she was a foreign exchange student in USA.  Our first 3 years of marriage we lived in Germany while she finished her Bachelors degree.  

I got to experience so much wonderful culture.  I was able to travel all over Europe and meet people from all over the world.  Communication was very hard for me in many aspects.  Not only learning another language but just the way they communicate.  

One of the biggest differences between Germans and Americans is bluntness.  Germans don’t sugar coat anything.  If you did a bad job they tell you.  If your food tastes gross they tell you.  I feel like in America we are conscious about others feelings and will sometimes sugar coat or lie so others do not get offended.  

These weeks in class have rang so true to me about how the different cultures communicate.  It might be as simple as sugar coating something.  Needless to say it took me a long time to build up the thick skin to not get offended and realize thats just how they are.  My wife hates how Americans sugar coat everything and I’m not sure if she will ever get used to that.  

I really wish I would have taken this class before moving to Germany.  It would have helped me understand the cultures better and how to better understand how each culture communicates differently.  

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