Saturday, November 10, 2012

What's Your Story?

Like I expected yesterday, today was a jam-packed day full of enthusiasm and activities that kept us busy. The buses arrived at the hotel around 8:45 AM and whisked all the students away to Brown's campus. 

Our first of the many activities today was a Q&A to the Starr Fellows. The Star Fellows Program provides undergraduates from Brown training, funding, and mentoring to support their efforts to develop their social entrepreneurship initiatives, or in my case, action plans. Sidney, Drew, Tara, Emily, and Khalil each talked about their inspirations, challenges, and how they over came them. A common obstacle was doubt. The panel claimed they felt self-doubt somewhere in the process of development and wanted to start fresh. To fix this issue, they consulted with the people already involved and reassured themselves that everything was going to be OK. They said having mentors to talk to can go a long way.

After speaking with the panel, we broke into eight groups to meet with our consulting crew. S.M.A.R.T. goals were insisted for my group to follow. We should consider being specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, and our time. Specify what the goal is, then make sure it's able to be accomplishment, not just a dream from outer space, and establish a date for execution. Going over these ideal goals helped me organize my action plan much more, restored my confidence, and the nervousness disappeared.

"Beat The Street" Dancing During Lunch
Time for skill-building session one and two! The first session I went to was about fundraising. This taught me that simple ideas such as bake sales can go a long way. Fund raisers don't have to be over the top in order to raise money, you just need to captivate the audience's attention. The second session was about running an effective meeting. We discussed challenges and frustrations everyone have dealt with before and how to reconstruct the meeting where they can be avoided. We also worked on a worksheet to plan out our next or future meeting about our action plan.

Our last and final activity involved Hip Hop 4 Social Change. This organization uses hip hop dance as  a positive and time consuming way for children and teens to stay out of trouble. The dance crew taught us some moves and the room soon turned into a dance studio.

Representing West Coast!
This day was hectic and busy and I couldn't enjoy it any other way. One last day here is all that is left. Argg! I wish I can stay longer! Tomorrow is bitter sweet to leave, but I can't wait to return back home. 

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