Entering the MBA program at Mays, I was very nervous about the prospect of being placed on a consistent team for the entire two years. I knew that the effectiveness of my team would be the lynchpin to my success or failure within the program. As we learned in class, high quality team coaching cannot make up for low quality design. While I had not learned this formal lesson, my instinct told me to pay particular attention to attributes of my newfound team members. I knew that I had no direct say in the makeup of my team, but I was hopeful that luck would provide a well-designed, cohesive group of individuals who could act more like a team and not a work group.
For me the thought of conflict being useful was preposterous because I was raised to avoid conflict at most costs. Although, we have learn... ... middle of paper ... ...group members can feel so attached by the end of a series of sessions. Letting other know about my personal thoughts made me feel closer to them. Overall, the small group was a great experience that had some positive outcomes for the group and I. To conclude I’d like to say that something I’ll remember from this class years from now would be the great class experience.
After a mental debate on whether I preferred to stand up in front of an audience by myself or with a group of students, the group scenario won. Truthfully, the reason behind this debate and my participation in any communications class was simply because it was a required course that needed to be completed. I had no idea what this class had in store for me. The quality and necessity of the information provided throughout the course were unknown to me at the time. Looking back, I realized how much I had missed in the first weeks of this course because of my attitude towards a class I was not particularly interested in.
I honestly believe it is an activity they will remember for a long time because it was something different, they liked that they got to receive roles in the group, because they didn’t know that groups could have positions like a sports team. My host teacher said that she believed they liked it so much, because they got to almost be the leader and take on responsibility since there wasn’t much instruction on the group presentations. They got to use their creativity and present the idea of teamwork on their own. Successes/Challenges For this to be my very first lesson that I have every created and presented on my own, I would say it went very well. The things that I thought would have been a challenge turned into a success.
I have gotten better at being able to reach the students that everyone else has given up on. Having worked as a mediator and being able to connect with the students; I am able to get both sides to achieve an understanding and helping the students to successes. This has been very important to me, with the experience, my goal is to get a degree that would bring me up to the level I need to be. I am thinking about getting a degree that would let me teach in a classroom, and be a counselor. Having a positive influence in a student’s life is one of the most important tools they will use for the rest of their lives.
Even though my nervousness is not even close to being gone, I feel like it has subsided. I attribute my new mindset as to why I improved. My teacher told me to have a discussion with the audience rather than to blurt out information. I took this to heart, and it has been much easier for me to present with that in mind. Now, I see presenting as more of a conversation with an audience – a comfortable setting for me.
My experience in the student leadership program was interesting and informative. These are two descriptive words that stand out in my mind about the whole program. There were times in the student leadership program when I questioned myself about being part of the class, but I overcame this once I reflected on the many things that we have learned. From the guest speakers to the projects, the class has always kept me thinking. First, the program was very informative.
However, the experience that I went through between the period of my high school and community college has totally changed my life. I used to living in Oakland and went school there. When I was a freshman in high school, I did not realize how important education is, plus the pressure that added on me from my parents and the environment that surrounds me, I did not wanted to be serious about school at all. My parents always wanted me to take my time to study and telling me the importance of education, but I believed that people can become successful without education. Therefore, under the ordering of my rebellious heart, I started skipping classes and became lazy about school.
At the beginning of the semester my outlook on this course was not so good. I was not looking forward to giving speeches or learning things that seemed like common sense, but as time went on I could tell that I was actually taking things away from it. I have learned that I am not so good at coming up with things to say under pressure and I get extremely nervous when I have to talk in front of people that I don’t know well. Oh wait, I already knew those things. This class has motivated me to strengthen my social skills and has also taught me how to effectively work in a team environment through the team communication consultant project.
Entering English Comp one, I had fears of what the class would be like. I realized that I had many weaknesses, but it was not till the end of the class that I learned my strengths. When I first entered Comp one I was very nervous. Everyone had told me that Mrs. Garth was a really tough teacher, therefore; that kinda made me second guess my opinion to take the class. When we started writing I learned that my main weakness was getting my point across while staying on topic.