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Laura Guikema COM 370 Five Year and Ten Year Station Goal Calendar My Vocation: Love God.

Love Others. Live with Joy.

Over the next five years, I will: 1. Join the staff of Spring Arbor Universitys student newspaper, the Pulse. Why do I want to achieve this? I am an Advertising and Public Relations major with an English-writing minor. By joining the staff of the Pulse, I can utilize both my major and my minor. I can both advertise and write. I can work with the Adobe Creative Suite, learning how to utilize programs that will benefit my professional development. I will gain experience working under a deadline. How does this relate to my vocation? I am called to love God, love others, and live with joy. By participating as a member of the Pulse staff, I can learn to work efficiently with others and love them. I can live with joy by learning to work joyfully under a deadline and learn to live with joy under stressful situations. What steps will I take toward achieving this goal? I will talk to Brianna Fairhurst about joining the staff of the Pulse. Over the summer of 2011, I will read newspaper articles and look at newspaper websites to see the format and style of the articles. I will continue to use programs like Adobe InDesign whenever possible to continue growing my skills. I will do my research and be prepared to be a contributing, vital member of the Pulse. 2. Take COM 368, Intercultural Communication, in the Spring of 2012. Why do I want to achieve this? Many of my goals include reaching out to other countries. By taking intercultural communication, I will be introduced to other cultures and be able to dialogue with other students and with Mary Darling about the issues surrounding intercultural communications. How does this relate to my vocation? Part of my vocation includes loving others. Another portion of my vocation is refusing to be indifferent to the suffering of others. Intercultural communication is a course that will benefit me in both of these areas. I will learn to communicate across cultures and learn how to love people both in my own culture and in other cultures. What steps will I take toward achieving this goal?

I am already on my way to achieving this goal. I have registered for this class. 3. Volunteer at Partners for Learning Across Cultures, an outreach/missionary organization based in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Why do I want to achieve this? When I was in high school, I supported Partners for Learning Across Cultures with my tithe. I have always appreciated the work of this organization. I think they reach out across the others and support those who spread the Gospel. They work in areas of the world like Liberia and Russia, which are areas that are often forgotten about or that the rest of the world is somewhat indifferent to. I think it is important to learn about the work of God in other cultures, especially easily forgotten cultures. I have supported this organization in the past, and I think it would be an incredible opportunity to volunteer for or have an internship with this organization. How does this relate to my vocation? This position relates to my entire vocation. I will love God while spreading the Gospel. I will love others while working for an organization that supports others around the world. I will be living with joy as I participate in the daily struggles of volunteering or interning with a non-profit organization without much funding. I will refuse to take part in others indifference to the suffering of those around the globe by supporting and advertising for Partners for Learning Across Cultures. What steps will I take toward achieving this goal? I will contact John DeJager, the president of Partners for Learning Across Cultures within the next few months to see if I can do some volunteer work for them this summer. After volunteering and getting a feel for the company, I will inquire about a possibility of an internship. I will learn more about the company to find out how I can best suit their needs and participate in their outreach. 4. Take a Cross Cultural Studies trip through Spring Arbor University to Germany in January of 2012. Why do I want to achieve this? I am excited to go to Germany. I have always been interested in German culture. I want to achieve this goal not only because it is required by Spring Arbor University but also because I think Germany has a lot to offer me. I think German culture is fascinating. I am excited to learn about the education, politics, and life in Germany. How does this relate to my vocation? While in Germany, I will have opportunities to love those around me on the trip. I will have opportunities to serve those I meet in Germany, and I will learn about those from different backgrounds. My vocation is to love God, and I will learn about religion in Germany and have opportunities to express my faith to those around me.

What steps will I take toward achieving this goal?

I have already been accepted into the Cross Cultural trip. I will continue to learn all I can about Germany before going by reading the required texts for the Cross Cultural Orientation class. I will research German culture so I have a better idea of what to expect on the trip. I will learn about the history of Germany through discussions with the professor leading the trip, Professor Correll. 5. Become an intern for Not for Sale, Women at Risk International, or a similar organization that works with women involved in the sex trafficking industry and saves women from being involved with this industry in the United States and around the globe. Why do I want to achieve this? In the past few months, I have become extremely passionate about this ministry. I began to think about this topic when giving a speech in my Rhetoric class about prostitution and its negative effects on women in the sex trafficking industry. I realized how rampant of a problem this is around the globe and how little is being done about this problem. Therefore, I think becoming an intern with an organization working to fight sex trafficking would be extremely beneficial to me both personally and professionally. I think this is an incredible organization to support and an extremely wonderful ministry. How does this relate to my vocation? I want to reach out to the forgotten in our world. Governments and individuals forget those involved in the sex trafficking industry. They are hurting and in need of true love, not the lust that is rampant around them. I think it is vital to reach out to these women with the love of Christ. Being an intern with an organization like Not for Sale or Women at Risk International would allow me to spread the love of Christ with these women and show them that people care for them and are not indifferent to their suffering. What steps will I take toward achieving this goal? Within the next year-and-a-half, I will research organizations working to end slavery. Most of these organizations hire interns. I will apply for these internships after building up my rsum. If turned down, I will still continue to support Not for Sale with my tithe and continue to find ways to be involved in this incredible ministry. In the next ten years, I will: 1. Gain a station working for a non-profit company with a focus on outreach to those ignored by todays society. Why do I want to achieve this? I am not sure of exactly where God will lead me with my Advertising and Public Relations degree after college. However, I have recently become interested in the non-profit sector of the business world. Through my support of non-profit ministries, I have been blessed and been a blessing to others. I would love to continue this by working at a non-profit company or in some aspect of a missions organization. I think I could provide faithful communication and advertising and marketing strategies to

increase the outreach of the company I will work for in the future. How does this relate to my vocation? I can love God in my every action, but I feel called to work in a place that spreads Gods love to others. I think working for a non-profit, Christian organization would allow me to bring the plights of the less fortunate to a greater visibility to those around me and around the globe. What steps will I take toward achieving this goal? I will begin researching Christian organizations now, hopefully gaining an internship with one while I am still in college. When I am in my final year of college, I will begin to apply for jobs and hopefully interview for jobs. I will look for a company that can fit with my strengths and where I can thrive. I will continue to research the market and look at this type of business. 2. Apply for graduate school with a focus in communication to the less fortunate. Why do I want to achieve this? I have always loved to learn. I think graduate school is a great goal to work toward. I have loved learning about communication at the undergraduate level, and I think attending graduate school would be beneficial to the work I want to do. I hope to be given the opportunity, and I think graduate school is an excellent goal to work toward. How does this relate to my vocation? In graduate school, I would like to continue my focus in caring for the unfortunate. I do not know how that will play out on the basis of a degree yet, but I would like to continue to learn how to best serve the less fortunate in our world and learn how to raise awareness about the injustices in todays world. I think continuing to learn about communication will better equip me to care about my vocation. What steps will I take toward achieving this goal? During my senior year of college, I will decide whether or not I want to attend graduate school immediately after college. If I decide to attend graduate school beginning in the summer or fall of 2013, I will begin my applications and continue to build my portfolio to better equip myself for graduate school. If I decide to wait to begin graduate school, I will still keep this goal in mind as I search for a job and a station, and I will always remember to serve those around me. 3. Take a short-term mission trip/service trip through Not for Sale or another organization that works with victims of the slave trade today. Why do I want to achieve this? I have been on a few short-term mission trips in the past few years. I always leave them knowing the power of God. I think short-term mission trips are incredible opportunities to communicate the love of God to others. I hope to go on a short-term mission trip with a focus in service to the less fortunate, especially victims of human slavery. I know there is hurt in this world, and I want to diligently work against it.

How does this relate to my vocation? A short-term mission trip fulfills all aspects of my vocation. I will be falling more in love with God. I will be loving and serving others. I will be living with joy as I love the others around me. I will be bringing awareness to the hurt in this world and preventing indifference by serving those forgotten by society. What steps will I take toward achieving this goal? I will research short-term mission trips through organizations I support, such as Partners for Learning Across Cultures or Not for Sale. These organizations give details about their short-term mission trip offerings on their websites. I will contact the organizations, apply for the trips, and raise support. I will prayerfully consider how I can best serve on the trips and pray for Gods guidance as I humbly serve others around me. 4. Volunteer at whatever church God leads me to. Coordinate short-term mission trips to other communities in my area and to countries around the world. Why do I want to achieve this? I do not know where I will be living after I graduate from college. However, I know that it is important to get involved in a Christian community at whatever church I attend. I will become involved at my future church, especially in the area of outreach to those in my community and those around the world. I will assist in the coordination of short-term mission trips because I think it is important to share the immensity of my blessings through Christ to others around the world. How does this relate to my vocation? I am called to love God and love others. By volunteering at my future church, I will learn to appreciate the others in my church community and learn this by serving alongside of them. I will reach out to those in my community and those beyond my community. I think these qualities are particularly important in my calling. I want to share the love of God with those around me and learn to serve those around me more fully. What steps will I take toward achieving this goal? When I find a church wherever I live, I will look into the outreach programs. If someone else is already in charge of these programs, I will volunteer and be available in any capacity. I will learn to love others through my words and actions and approach all tasks with a servants heart. 5. Look into adopting a child from a developing country or from an abandonment situation. Why do I want to achieve this? I have two cousins who were adopted from South Korea. Since my aunt and uncle adopted them, I have been interested in adopting a child at some point in the future. I do not know if God will fulfill this plan in my life, but I am open to loving and supporting someone from a different culture who God will bring into my life. I think this is a wonderful ministry and takes a special, caring heart. I am excited to see if God brings this opportunity into my future. I would not call this an achievement as much as I

would call it an opportunity to spread Gods love to a young child. How does this relate to my vocation? I am called to care for those around me and to care for the less fortunate. If God brings this opportunity into my future, I will learn to love Him more and love the child in my life more. I do not know if this will happen, but if it does, it will fit into my calling as I transition into the station of a parent. What steps will I take toward achieving this goal? I will research adoption agencies if I have the resources to do so. I will keep this matter in my prayer and listen for Gods leading and wisdom. I will continue to be open to wherever God leads me in life, and I will listen for His voice.