In my last semester of college, I took a course in Global Health Diplomacy where the professor for the course called himself the Ambassador for Health. Having studied Diplomacy and International Relations for the past four years, this didn’t seem right to me since I was aware that the US government did not have an official position for a Health Minister.
I quickly came to realize that this professor who studied in the medical field intending to become a doctor decided at some point to change course in his career plans. Instead of becoming a practitioner, this professor took his extensive knowledge of medicine and health and essentially created his own position as he became the first U.S. diplomat of ambassador rank appointed to a public health mission.
More than anything else I took away from that course a new perspective on what it means to have a career. This professor had a role in mind that he wanted to fill and he was able to achieve that through his own unique creativity. Had he followed a path so many others had paved before him, he might not have made a unique and valuable contribution.
CARP’s last but not least Unification Principle is that “we contribute to society through mastery of our unique creativity.” This is the message that college graduates (of any year) need to hear.
Passion Isn’t Enough
It’s become commonplace to offer certain pieces of advice to college students that are actually quite misleading and incomplete. “Follow your passion” is a very attractive message. But relying on passion alone will not make you happy in the end.
Consider this graph that shows the relationship between a sample of student’s passions and the available jobs in those industries. If you cannot make a living with your passion, how long will that passion keep you happy?
Even some of the most successful people today did not necessarily follow their passion and yet they are passionate about their work. In many of these cases, people took on opportunities that eventually led to their passion.
For example, Steve Jobs – a pretty successful guy – became passionate about technology after a myriad of jobs and experiences that had little to do with his career at Apple. Jobs also made a valuable contribution to society in providing people with a means for greater convenience.
It would seem that helping others and improving society especially in big problem areas can guide a fulfilling career.
Our contributions need to be unique because they need to be diverse. Diversity is at the heart of a healthy and thriving community. In a democracy, diversity in perspectives and ideas can contribute to more inclusive solutions. A company needs diversity in its workforce to succeed in a globalizing world. A campus club like CARP benefits from a diverse membership in contributing to exciting and relatable programs and events.
Finding Your Creativity
Instead of following your passion (which is a state of passivity), take control and master your unique creativity which will then lead to a passion-driven life. But before you can master anything, you need to be able to identify the thing you are mastering.
So, if you haven’t already, how do you find your unique creativity? You need to take the time to ask a number of key questions about your life experience so far.
Take out a pen and paper and start with these:
Name the top 3 peak experiences in your life. What do they have in common? What does this tell you about yourself?
What are 3 of your most proud accomplishments? What were the key elements that defined this experience – the task, the skill set you drew upon, and the nature of the impact you made?
What are 3 big problems in the world that interest you? What would you like to tell your children and grandchildren about what you accomplished in your career? How will you explain to them what career you chose?
Happiness in your career is the cross between what you love, what you’re good at, and where you can make the greatest contribution to society. For more questions around your unique contribution, read through this article by Oliver Segovia in the Harvard Business Review.
We all have our unique creativity fueled by our interests and skills (which embodies passion), but sometimes the voices of other people cloud what we might already know and believe about ourselves. This is why it’s important to think out these questions on your own.
Whether you are fixed on a career path or not, take the time to ask yourself the right questions, consider your answers, and write them down. Then, you can set aside the question of what and focus on the how.
To master your unique creativity and offer that to the world will do wonders for your career.
Takanari Sonoda shares a testimony about last year’s Japan trip which led to the start of a new CARP chapter.
“One of the biggest inspirations for wanting to establish CARP at El Camino College was because of the CARP Japan trip that I went to last summer. During the trip, I was able to experience how beautiful and alive a principled lifestyle could be. Also the testimony from the new CARP members about how the principle and CARP changed them and even saved them really touched me.
These experiences really made me want to spread principle at my college campus. I also saw how great it would be for students to have a place to keep learning, practicing, and spreading the principle in their college years. I was really lucky to have a big group of supportive friends, parents, and other community members, which helped create a spiritual foundation to establish CARP in El Camino.
We started out simply by reading the Divine Principle together once a week and discussing what we needed to do to establish a CARP club. There were many obstacles we had to face like getting paperwork done, searching for an adviser, and fulfilling certain qualifications to be officers in the club. I found myself many times facing personal problems and limitations. Despite all of the obstacles, one thing I learned throughout the process of trying to establish CARP is the importance of connecting vertically.
There were many times where I I tried to do things on my own without informing my central figures about the situation and almost always, things did not go to plan. I really felt that with my central figures’ awareness of the situation and praying for us, Heavenly Parent could set the condition to really mobilize spirit world to help us with what we needed to accomplish.
Another thing I learned was the importance of a trinity by working with my two friends, Song Yong and Kodai. If one of us couldn’t do something or show up somewhere, we were able to support each other to accomplish what needed to be done. I felt that Heavenly Parent really worked through that.
After CARP became official on campus, we organized a ‘CARP Introduction’ event. I was really nervous up to the very end, especially in the few days leading up to it. I struggled with logistical things like reserving a room for our meeting. I was in a lot of stress trying to figure it out when I thought to ask the Robotics Club if we could use their room for the event. Since I was a part of the robotics club, they agreed to let me use the room.
On the day of the ‘CARP Introduction’ event, there was still no response to the emails we sent to the people who were interested in CARP at Club Rush (where campus clubs can set up a table for recruits). I decided to text them and still there were no replies. I did not want to give up and I started to invite anyone via text and also inviting students while walking across campus.
Surprisingly, I met a lot of classmates I usually don’t bump into who said they would come! I also got a confirmation text from someone who only met us once at the beginning of the semester. I couldn’t remember what they looked like but I was excited they were coming!
In that instant, I felt extremely grateful and happy towards Heavenly Parent. Upon reflection, I see that my happiness was also Heavenly Parent’s happiness. I could see that when I was working hard, Heavenly Parent was working even harder.
As it got closer to the ‘CARP Introduction’ event, I headed towards the room to prepare and to my surprise, there were Robotics Club members there. I had thought no one was using the room since I got the permission to use it. In the end, it worked out for the better because they were willing to participate in our event, too.
During the event, CARP LA members from other campuses came to support us and our adviser was also able to come. So, it was a one big miracle! What I could take away from this whole experience is that Heavenly Parent is working hard every moment of the day and has many things prepared. However, it is up to us and our efforts to accomplish the things that Heavenly Parent has prepared for us. Every opportunity is precious.”
As you may know, about 120 participants are preparing for CARP’s Intercultural Exchange Trip to Japan and Korea from June 19 to July 4 (coming up soon!). These students are preparing for an incredible, global experience and one of the ways they are preparing is through fundraising.
Fundraising is a great opportunity to work towards your goal and feel ownership over your trip. We offer 10 creative ways to raise funds and support this trip, whether you are a student, parent, or working professional. Join us!
Start a Crowdfunding Campaign
You may have seen some of your friends who started campaigns on GoFundMe or YouCaring or a similar site. Crowdfunding focuses on helping you reach out on your social media platforms and share with your connections and networks. When many people give a little, it makes it a lot easier to reach your goal. Some campaigns focus on supporting the overall trip for all participants (see Takayo’s GoFundMe) while others focus on supporting one participant’s personal expenses (see Gareth’s GoFundMe).
Host an online peer-to-peer page with CARP HQ
If you are a bit intimidated about starting a crowdfunding campaign and don’t know how to start, work with us at CARP Headquarters! Our Network For Good software allows us to create multiple campaigns that are easy to use and helps you track your progress. You don’t have to worry about the details – just make a goal and share with friends! If interested, contact Teresa Rischl at firstname.lastname@example.org
Host a Bake Sale
Everyone loves sweet snacks (even if we resist them for the sake of dieting). Here’s a great way to meet people, share about your cause, and taste some yummy treats! It’s even better when you can work with some friends or a team to bake cookies, cupcakes, brownies, etc. and ask for permission to set up a table at your local church, school, or work. This is an easy way to get started.
Ask friends and family to support YOUR experience
Here’s the secret to fundraising: People give to people. While we all want to support different causes, we all want to feel connected to something, too. Keep it simple and talk to those closest to you – share with them what you’re doing, why it matters to you, what difference it will make (keep it personal), and voila! When loved ones see the passion and enthusiasm you have for this trip, they will trust and support you. Now get out there, share, and ask! Most people will give just because you asked!
You know all those clothes, games, and things just collecting dust in your home? As they say, one person’s trash is another person’s treasure. Host a yard sale to raise some funds and even let people know that the proceeds will go towards your intercultural trip (you may get a few extra donations!). You can even pool together with other friends or neighbors and ask if they have something they could contribute. Selling things online also works.
Host a dinner party
Have you ever noticed how people are much happier after eating a delicious, home-cooked meal? Let people know you’d like to host a dinner party to support your trip and use it as a chance to share why it’s important to you. A special bonus tip is to schedule another dinner party after you return from your trip to share with them your experience and show pictures.
Pick up an odd job
Summer break is a great time to pick up odd jobs like babysitting, mowing lawns, cleaning homes, and more. Ask around to see how you can help others in support of your fundraiser.
Commission your art
Are you creative? Put it to good use by asking people to buy your artwork – it can be drawings, paintings, woodwork, jewelry, etc. Get creative and remember to share with people why you raising funds (it gives them incentive to spend just a little bit more on something, knowing it’s going to a good cause).
Host a car wash
Gather some friends and partner with a local gas station. This is a great opportunity to get some sun, share with people in the community, and have some soapy fun!
Make it themed
So you are going on an Intercultural Exchange Trip this summer – awesome! Share the culture with others so they can appreciate the beauty and uniqueness of other cultures, too. Sell Japanese or Korean-related items like origami, calligraphy, etc. This can be a great way to engage Japanese and Korean members of your community and share the best of their culture.
The bottom line – fundraising can be really FUN (it’s even in the name FUNdraising). It’s a great way to prepare for your trip and really invest into the experience. Remember, the most important thing in fundraising is to make the ask. Invite people to be part of the experience and even better, follow-up with them afterwards so they know how their donations impacted you.
Naokimi Ushiroda, the previous National CARP President, shares his experience in attending the Intercultural Exchange Trip last year. Naokimi now works as the Director of Youth and Students with the Family Federation for World Peace and Unification USA.
Naokimi posing with CARP presidents of Japan and Korea
Naokimi with a participant
Naokimi and participants gather in a circle
Naokimi giving a Sunday Service sermon
How was your experience last year?
The thing that stood out to me the most was being able to visit Waseda University, where CARP’s founder, Rev. Dr. Sun Myung Moon, our True Father, spent his college years. To be able to stand on the same steps where he stood was surreal and neat. I remember that being really significant.
Also, another really significant experience was having the students of Korea, Japan, and the US come together. After spending two days together doing different activities, we had an Acknowledgement Ceremony where students of each country shared what they appreciate about the culture and strengths of the other two countries.
That was really meaningful to witness. Those that were acknowledged felt so happy to be recognized for what they contribute.
Then, the three CARP Presidents of these key nations (Korea, Japan, and the US) were able to spend time together. It is a significant opportunity when these providential nations are able to come together.
There’s one photo of us shaking hands – that’s providential. To me, it means the key nations are working together, bringing our unique strengths.
Historically, it hasn’t been so easy. Part of that is the distance, but we are also so different culturally. So, for us to even symbolically shake hands, I was grateful for this opportunity for students of these nations to network together.
Assuming that these students in CARP will be future leaders in key areas and organizations, the friendships, relationships, and experiences they will have here as students will have a significant impact on their ability to lead in the future. That’s the most significant outcome of these trips. It’s really staying true to the vision of raising global citizens.
What are a few words to describe this trip?
There’s nothing better to expand one’s mind than to travel the world.
Any encouragements to those going this year?
The first thought that comes to mind – stay curious and you’ll learn a lot. Also, have fun! And, invest while you’re there so you create memorable friendships.
This trip is a great opportunity to do all those things.
From June 19 to July 4 this summer, over 120 students from across the US will participate in this second annual international exchange trip. Please consider giving what you can to help these students with travelling fees and other expenses.
Contributed by David Young | CARP is having another one of these pilot seminars this weekend for Generation Peace Academy (GPA) and several more throughout the country to continue to grow the program based on student and young adult feedback especially.
Last month, CARP hosted its third “Culture Wars” pilot seminar with the slogan, “Standing for a Principled Culture.” This pilot was the first to be done online in a webinar format with over 60 people joining from Las Vegas, Los Angeles, and other parts of the country via internet. The group was made up of current college students, young professionals, CARP staff, and expert presenters all attending this special one-day webinar.
The intention of the webinar was for participants to be clear about the origins and intention of contemporary culture while understanding the need for a principled, “headwing” culture. In addition, the webinar worked with participants as a focus group to receive feedback on how to develop a launch program this August.
CARP Las Vegas joined in on the webinar.
So, what are the culture wars?
Some participants expressed that the topic was intriguing and interesting and something they wanted to learn about, having never heard of such a term or seminar focus before. “A Prelude to the Culture Wars” discusses more about the essence of the culture wars.
The seminar included four 40-minute presentations, each followed by 20 minutes of discussion and ending with a Q&A session around the content of the presentations. The presenters were Dr. David Burgess, Mrs. Cheryl Wetzstein, Dr. Robert Beebe, and Tasnah Moyer.
The Importance of Having a Worldview
The program started off with a presentation from Tasnah Moyer and Miyoung Eaton on the importance of having a worldview. This allowed participants to consider the perspectives they may have on education, politics, sexuality and how they are when it comes to standing for their values on campus. This guided participants to prepare to receive the content from the next three presentations.
History & Thought Trends
Dr. David Burgess gave the second presentation on “History & Thought Trends”. An introductory session on thought trends, or the history of philosophy, allowed the participants to start off the seminar with an overview of how ideas have been shaped and adopted throughout the past 400 years especially.
These thought trends played a big part in cultivating the cultural divide in our society today. This allowed participants to understand that contemporary culture and thought trends were developed long before today.
“I like the timeline visual of the last 400 years of history on the shaping of the culture and why and how it was organized. It gave me a better understanding of history from a providential view. And it gave me more motivation to learn about it. “ – Participant
Sexuality & Media
Cheryl Weinstein spoke about sexuality, media, and went into more depth about worldview.
Navigating these topics can be daunting yet this session allowed the participants to delve into the current state of the media and sexuality and the historical background behind these issues.
By the end of the session, participants were able to identify some issues as well as some opportunities in dealing with the media on a personal level and on an industry level.
“I really got a deeper understanding of worldview, postmodernism, and the role of media. It changed my view of different things.” – Participant
The session also focused on the sexual revolution and its effect on society while making a case for marriage at a time of high divorce rates, an increase in cohabitation, and an increase of one-parent households.
In discussion, the participants explored the intended and unintended consequences of the sexual revolution as well as how this has played out in their own lives with a rampant hook-up culture.
Education & the Culture
On this foundation, Dr. Robert Beebe led a session on the deterioration of civic and moral education in schools today which have contributed to family breakdown and a deteriorating society.
One participant shared how the session shed light on his own experience on campus:
“It let me understand this is an example of being in postmodern society. I really got a better understanding of education and how to be aware of the current problems in education.” – Participant
The case was presented for a balanced two-dimensional education including career education and character education where schools need to prioritize civic and moral education in order to raise up responsible, well-adjusted, and active members of society.
The webinar concluded with a message from the CARP co-founder, Mrs. Moon, and implored students to take ownership of their culture and to become leaders in creating the future.
Participants were left motivated by the end of the presentation.
“I got to know that True Mother has hope in us and that really motivates me to do everything I can to help out True Mother.” -Participant
What the Participants Have to Say
“I am grateful for all the presenters that presented today. I learned a lot and I want to apply it in my life and question more to search for answers so that I can be more confident and have conviction. It gave me an idea of where to start.”
“I think it’s great that this is happening. I wish it would have existed when I was a student. It would have made my experience with CARP on campus so much more relevant and empowering and tied directly into a lot of what I was studying or experiencing in my classrooms. I hope it continues.”
“I like doing the discussions and getting other people’s perspectives. Typically, I wouldn’t talk to others about these topics so it’s nice to do it here.”
“I could see CARP is really a unique place where our second generation could meet with first generation members, and we should appreciate and promote deeper exchange for unity of opinion with respect for one another to understand the culture war.”
CARP Los Angeles joined in on the webinar.
Through these seminars, CARP is offering students access to the missing perspectives often shunned on college campuses and opening a dialogue around culture trends. It strives to make a stand for a principled worldview and at the very least a safe space for students to express their viewpoints and ideas.
As a pilot seminar, the focus of this event was to garner interest in the culture wars and what this means to us as individuals and as members of society and to receive feedback on what college students want and need from a seminar like this.
CARP is having another one of these pilot seminars this weekend for graduates of the Generation Peace Academy (GPA) and several more throughout the country to continue to grow the program based on student and young adult feedback especially.
If you’re interested in hosting a Culture Wars seminar in your area, contact email@example.com