• What’s the story has been an experience unlike any other experience I’ve ever had.  I have learned so many valuable things this year that I will use for the rest of my life.  My thoughts have shifted on many t […]

  • nwilliams wrote a new post 5 years, 5 months ago

    I learned a lot this weekend about being part of a team.  Everything we learned will definitely help us function efficiently moving forward.  Our group has been pretty productive so far, but now I think that we a […]

  • nwilliams wrote a new post 5 years, 7 months ago

    I really enjoyed the first retreat!  I see myself in the “Got It” area of the Identify & Pursue Questions target.  Even though I didn’t stick with my original topic, my pitch highlighted the importance and urgency […]

  • Rachael,

    I think it’s so cool that you combined your ideas. I can tell you are very passionate about both of them and I’m glad you are sticking with both of them. Your golden circle is clear and easy to […]

  • Hi once again,

    The Refugee Family Literacy is totally what I’m thinking of as a type of solution now. Between education and jobs, I’m currently considering both. They also directly affect each other so it […]

  • I think the organizations that I researched are really helping me shape my ideas. Especially the organization in Georgia because they are creatively helping not just students, but the mothers as well. When I […]

  • Thanks for another helpful comment! I think my thinking has already changed even though I’ve only published one post following this one. I think diversity is a big part of this. This is an “issue” but there is […]

  • I’m glad my map helped understanding because it sort of ended up as a last minute project. Looking back at it, as I expected my thought have shifted in my most recent post.


  • I think my goal in the end is for refugee students and families to be given the sufficient tools to be successful in their new lives. It’s quite vague currently but I’m doing that intentionally in an effort to […]

  • Hi again,

    4 weeks later, I still need to do some more research on current support in VT. I chose this issue because I’ve heard a lot about it in the news and things. Also, one of the groups last year focused […]

  • Hi again,

    I watched the documentary from last year and it definitely has helped me shape my thinking, even it’s not the exact same direction I’m going. I will definitely reach out to Kati. Also, I believe my […]

  • Hi Anna!

    Sorry I’m so late to reply, but nice to “meet” you. Your personal insight is very helpful and I think that traveling abroad has a lot of similarities to my topic. Once I get to the point of […]

  • Hi Rachael,

    Sorry this is late but I really like your mind map. It is very thorough and you included so much detail. Your guiding questions really helped your map to be easy to understand, even if someone […]

  • nwilliams wrote a new post 5 years, 7 months ago

    “People don’t buy what you do, they buy why you do it.”  Simon Sinek’s TED talk brought up some points that definitely will be helpful for me to continue researching Refugees in Vermont.  People are interested i […]

  • Hi Rachael!

    You’re definitely doing a lot of great thinking and I think that each one of your topics would be engaging to research. I see why you think that some of the environmental issues are unattainable […]

  • nwilliams wrote a new post 5 years, 8 months ago

    Here’s my mind map, this definitely helped me organize my thoughts.

  • Hi Anna!

    Thanks so much for your helpful feedback. I think I’m going to primarily use the term “New American” because I think it’s a more accurate way to refer to students who aren’t originally from the U.S. […]

  • Hi Rachael,

    Each of the topics you wrote about are so different yet all so interesting. The topic of cross cultural communications is somewhat similar to my topic on refugees and them integrating into society. […]

  • nwilliams wrote a new post 5 years, 8 months ago

    This week I am planning on researching refugees in Vermont.  I’m keeping it very universal because I think it will be very helpful to learn the basic facts about Refugees in Vermont before I really start digging […]

  • Hi Racheal!

    There was so much in your post that I related to. I feel very similar to you with a “blank page.” Though I have a topic, I really don’t know where I’m going to go with it yet. I’m excited to see […]

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