Stakes are Real

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The practice pitch went well!!!!!!  (And so did band!!!!) That was so exciting and fun to do that honestly.

This isn’t some project I was told I had to do, this has been a venture that I fell fully invested in because I wanted to do it.

The other cohort members and I have been working hard for months researching and imagining different designs for the iStudio. We have switched groups at least 5 times now to keep coming up with fresh ideas. We have given a significant number of internals to get feedback on our designs and presenting skills. We have even learned how to make full fleshed SketchUp and physical prototypes.

It is amazing to see how far we have come in just a few months. I’m so proud of the work that has been going on in ID, and the progress we have been making on developing our communication, innovation, creative thinking, solution seeker, ethical decision making, collaboration, and observation skills has been awesome!

It’s one of those things I don’t even know how to write about. I mean no one has said, “you are going to practice your solution seeking skills now”, but when a problem has come up, like “how are we going to store little stuff”. We just think of a bunch of solutions like “Maquie has a portable cubby system that she could donate,” and then pick the best one. Bam, solution seeking.

And with communication too. Just today we were having to talk with a faculty member to organize a time to meet with Dr. Jacobson next week #communicationskills. We also had a fail-up moment during this because we hadn’t taken into account time for getting feedback and questions, or given more specific times we would be available, so we went back in a second time to talk after getting some feedback from cohort members.

It just felt so exciting to really feel like this is moving forward. We aren’t getting a grade. We are getting a yes, a no, or a “if this is done first”. That’s way higher stakes in my opinion.

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