回忆, reflecting on a year

The prompt was to reflect on the four life-long skills that we were meant to be working on in What’s the Story, but I don’t think I could or should write anything simply reflecting upon these skills, instead I am going to reflect upon my experience in What’s the Story and in my reflection one may find how I developed these life-long skills.

What’s the Story has been, frankly, an arduous experience. Me being a typical 17/18 year old I signed up for WtS without fully reading the class description or really paying attention to the application. It turned out to be really hard for me because I am not a typical learner and the academic experience of an 8th grader, a 10th grader, and a senior are all very different. And so is the accessibility of each age group. As a senior I am pretty focused on my classes and college applications and I work a job but at the same time I can drive to where I am needed, while and 8th grader may (potentially) have the exact opposite experience. As for being atypical I have a hard time focusing on things that aren’t in my immediate life (i.e. classes, people, rules & regulations). All of these factors combined into one big ball of frustration and annoyance with WtS. After I realized I was stuck in the class and there was no way to worm my way out of the class I decided to try my best to make it work.

I don’t know exactly how to reflect on these skills; the reason they were lower during the mid-year reflection is that I had not yet participated in the group work to the amount that I expected of myself. Now that I have edited the entire story of our documentary, worked on B-roll, and Music I feel that I have fully contributed to the group. My communication has been consistent, evening organizing some of our meetings. I’ve showed up to every get together of WtS. I have lived up to my own expectations of myself & that is all anyone can wish for in life.

I did however do some learning that I did not expect (unexpected learning) and that is teamwork & friendship! I not only made some wonderful friends while at WtS but I improved my team skills quite a bit. I realized that WtS was a great opportunity to work on how I work with teams, and being a naturally loud, impulsive, and vocal person I often dominate group activities (except when I’m trying to be aware of my presence). I decided to not blurt ideas out the second they came into my head, wait for two other people to talk before I spoke, and to give others a chance to talk if we began to talk at the same time. This showed me that other people have the exact same ideas that I do at the exact same time I just usually shout them out before the other people. I also grew in my communication skills when texting, video calling, and messaging on slack with my team about out plans on how to proceed with our work. Overall I feel like I have a better foundation for teamwork than I did going into What’s the Story.

What’s the Story has been unlike any class that I’ve taken. It has challenged me in more ways than I could have imagined. I am, however, thankful for the opportunity to experience such a different learning environment. It was a wacky ride but I’m glad I held on all the way through. The featured image was taken in Rowe Massachusetts at one of the most spiritual and personal places (to me) on earth. In a way this class has been a sort of pilgrimage to the other side and though I felt many different ways about the class during the journey, I am filled with a giddy lightness when reflecting on the year.

 

 

 

Olympia Kulp

One Response to “回忆, reflecting on a year

  • Dixie Goswami
    3 years ago

    What’s the Story has been unlike any class that I’ve taken. It has challenged me in more ways than I could have imagined. I am, however, thankful for the opportunity to experience such a different learning environment. It was a wacky ride but I’m glad I held on all the way through. The featured image was taken in Rowe Massachusetts at one of the most spiritual and personal places (to me) on earth. In a way this class has been a sort of pilgrimage to the other side and though I felt many different ways about the class during the journey, I am filled with a giddy lightness when reflecting on the year.

    Dear Olympia,
    “I am filled with a giddy lightness when reflecting on the year.” Teaching for many years, I’ve always longed to read this exact statement at the end of a
    challenging (often wacky) course, but it never happened. I’m in awe of you and WtSVermont. Thank you.
    Dixie

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