I choose to engage in an independent study with one of my favorite professors at the beginning of my senior year. This independent study was sparked by an interest to explore the different ways in which we see the world and how we view our relationship with the world, specifically through a “systems thinking” or “world systems” perspective. We began by looking at how systems thinking developed to re-think how organizations were structured and how its members interacted with one another, later applying these “laws” to the ways in which we could perceive the world as an interconnected system. Our perceptions greatly influence our assumptions and views about the world, especially in regards to how we see ourselves engaging in the world system. We analyzed how our actions and the realities in which we see the world greatly affect and shape the world system. When looking at the world through a systems lens, we can reflect upon how the world has come to be in its current state and how we can make systematic changes to this reality. Our next step has been thinking about the ways in which “borders” shape our lives, without possibly even realizing it. Initially, we discussed borders in a more conceptual sense, analyzing the ways in which they limit our ways of thinking and our openness to recognizing different perspectives. Overcoming these borders, or “mental models,” that have shaped us is a key element in working towards systematic change. Lastly, we have currently begun to explore how these borders (both conceptually and physically) are connected to global migration and how the two have influenced one another.