A community is a crucial part of each and every person’s life. It is what brings us together and makes us complement and assist one another for a common course. Therefore, a community can be viewed at from three angles. One, a community can be looked at a population of people that habit in a given organized territorial location. Secondly, it can also be viewed as a population that is less or entirely rooted in the location that it occupies. Lastly, a community can be looked at as a unit of people that live or work together through a mutual interdependence relationship.
Being a member of any given community is one of the fundamental steps for one to be successful in life. As such, communities form an essential part of human existence playing a vital role in our world view. Although a community may be defined as a small group of people that have some common ties, it may also include members of diverse groups with common goals. Members of diverse groups may come up together for a common course and thus forming a community. Common ties are businesses or activities that are carried out by members that form the community.
Although we belong to some communities by birth or common course, there are other communities that we belong to by choice. For instance, the ethnical background and race are two epitomes of communities that we belong to by birth. Even though one can learn other languages, one cannot change his/her first language. However, there are some communities that we have the choice to belong to or not. A perfect example is a situation whereby one may prefer to attend a given school over another. Also, one may choose to live in a given city or state over another, thus becoming a member of that city or state instead of the other.
I belong to many communities. I have found that communities are not necessarily defined by any exact boundaries. I belong to many communities that have loose boundaries. These communities can be explained if one imagines them to look like Venn diagrams. While there are some communities’ that overlaps with other, there are also other that are completely separate and unrelated from each other. Therefore, a community can be looked at by one’s activities or goals that make a person engage or associate with other people for a common course.
I am a member of the immediate community of my neighborhood. This neighborhood is defined by its geography and has definitive boundaries. Once the walls end, then so does my neighborhood. The geography of the neighborhood is not a loose connection that binds the social community within; we all have chosen to live in this exact spot. We all agree that this neighborhood is where we want to live. This is a small neighborhood, but it is found in a greater community of my town. The geography of my town is a unifying thing, for the citizens in my town are like my neighbors, just on a larger scale: We have all chosen to live here. My place in this small community of my neighborhood is one that might go unnoticed. I am part of a global community. This is the largest community that I belong to and it is the least formally arranged.
My responsibilities to this community are to behave ethically. My presence in this community is minute in the larger Venn diagrams, and it is critical in the smaller circles, such as my family. In this community, I have the responsibility to behave ethically, and take into consideration the greater needs of society. This global community is much larger than that of my neighborhood or my town. The global community is what I try to learn about in my smaller community of being a student.
I am also part of a community of students. We are all sharing in the same goals, and this is what defines our community. We need to graduate, and we need to well in school. Other communities that I belong to, such as the greater community of my neighborhood or my city, are not concerned with the same concerns that I share with other members of my student community. Therefore, the academic community that I am involved in is not as general as the community that I belong to in my neighborhood. As a student, the role I play is to uphold our values my having high academic standards.
Another community in my school that I am part and parcel of is the students’ union. It is one of the communities that overlap with other communities in the school. The prime community that I belong to in the students union is the executive council that is comprised of the chairman, the vice-chairman, secretary and the treasurer. The next community is the larger students’ community that embraces all the students who learn in my school. As such, the student’s union is the general community that I belong to in my neighborhood. As a member of the students’ union executive council, am also a member of the institution’s disciplinary committee that bring up together the school’s principal, members of the executive council and the dean of students. Therefore, acting as a mediator between the students union and the school administration makes the executive council my main community, while the school’s disciplinary committee and the students union form the general communities that I belong to in my neighborhood. Other communities that I am part of, such as my city, may not be concerned about what I share with other members of my student community.
My favorite community that I am part of is the soccer community. The soccer community is the perfect diagram of communities that overlap. My core community is my team, the next being my league, and then my state, etc. There are smaller and larger communities within the overall soccer community. Within my core community, I play an integral role as a team player. It would be noticed if I did not show up to practice or to a game. Therefore, unlike the less formally arranged communities, such as my neighborhood, my presence would be noticed if I were to be missing.
On a small segment of the institution, I am a community member of my class. The class community is made up of students in the same grade. We are students who share the same goals, teachers, lessons, etc. We all work hard so that we can move to the next grade. Our common endeavors- to succeed and graduate from high school so that we can join college, is the main factor that makes us a community. On top of that, the numerous resources that we share as classmates are also what define our community. Our boundary with other students in the institution is the grade that we belong to. Students of other grades are our immediate neighbors and the larger student population is the general community that we, as students from the same grade, share with them.
On the largest scale, I am part of a global community. On a mid-level scale, I live in a particular city, and therefore I am a member of that community. Additionally, the neighborhood in which I live is a smaller community within a community that I am a part of. In my school alone, I am a member of several communities. For instance, I am a member of the executive council community, a member of the disciplinary committee, a member of the general school union and a core member of my classroom. As such, communities are not necessarily defined by boundaries; sometimes it is a shared pursuit of a goal that unites a community. I am a student, and as such, I am a member of the student body. My favorite community, the one that I have become a member by both choice and talent, is the soccer community.