Who Am I? Reflecting on a Personal Journey of Self-Authorship

Authors

  • Laura Vaughn Florida State University

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.32674/jis.v14i2.5276

Keywords:

self-authorship, narrative reflection, cultural adjustment, international education, individualism vs. collectivism

Abstract

This reflective paper shares the experiences of a higher education professional living and working abroad and the long-term impacts of those experiences on their self-authorship journey through reflection ten years later. The story of this reflection focuses on how cultural differences and community ties helped to facilitate growth and self-confidence through navigating the challenges and complexities of living abroad in a culture with differing conventions. The paper concludes by sharing how reflecting on self-authorship during and after international experiences can help develop personal identities both as an individual and within a collective.

Author Biography

Laura Vaughn, Florida State University

LAURA VAUGHN, M.A., M.B.A., (she/her) is a Ph.D. student in the Educational Leadership and Policy Studies Department at Florida State University and works as a graduate assistant with the Leadership Learning Research Center. Her fields of interest are exploring the intersections of international students and leadership along with international student development and engagement. Email: lvaughn3@fsu.edu

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Published

2023-05-17

How to Cite

Vaughn, L. (2023). Who Am I? Reflecting on a Personal Journey of Self-Authorship. Journal of International Students, 13(4), 195–201. https://doi.org/10.32674/jis.v14i2.5276