#6 Reflection on 1st Retreat

After reading the learning scale for 1.1, I think that I Got It. In my I-Search Blog, I started out with a pretty broad topic that was a little overwhelming. I was able to focus it down, but I don’t think I ever really got to a compelling why to pitch to others. I think this partially because I wasn’t super invested in my topic by the end, but I am very glad that I did originally narrow in on SNAP because I know now that I want to move forward with something that is more tangible and may be able to effect change closer to home.

Looking forward, I think that I will be able to get it as well. In order to do this, it is going to be very important to communicate often and well with the other members of my group, complete my share of work, and reach out to others for help. I think that the hardest part for me will be scheduling a time to focus on the What’s the Story because I am used to shorter deadlines and I am a bit of a procrastinator. When I have a long time to work on something, I often put it off to the last minute but stress the whole time about how I am not doing it. I have learned the art of productive procrastination, which has definitely helped me complete little assignments while putting off the bigger ones, but in the end I think it just lets me justify my procrastination. For example, I have a final paper that is due in about a week and I spent a good amount of the What’s the Story retreat worrying about it-even though there was nothing I could do about it over the weekend! In fact, editing this blog post right now is a way for me to productively procrastinate that essay a little more…

I am trying to focus more and more on the moment instead of worrying about things I can’t change. When I have dinner in a few minutes, I won’t think about that essay or all of the things I have to do tomorrow. I will enjoy my food (and I won’t waste any of it!) and deal with the rest when I get there. I think that this mindset will definitely help me manage the open-endedness of What’s the Story and the rest of things that have been looming over me, like college applications and that essay I still to write.

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