What is experiential learning? Simply put, learning through experience.
This is what graduation has come down to: my ability to take everything I have learned in my classes into practice. I can develop a marketing plan for a product. I can develop PowerPoint presentations. I can perform research, lots of it. I can cite my research resources in APA format. I can write essays, business memos, emails to colleagues, and so much more. I can plan and prepare for the on boarding and training of many employees at a time, conduct meetings in a virtual environment. I am more comfortable with public speaking.
I feel like the better question right now is “What can’t I do?” That is the attitude I am leaving Kaplan University with. That is the attitude I want as a professional. This isn’t the “what can’t I do?” As in I can do everything. It is the attitude of if I don’t know, I will ask, research, find out, and learn. I know I can’t learn how to do everything, but I can learn to do a lot.
There are people who can learn by reading, many by listening, and many by doing things hands-on. I think my main way of learning is through hands-on experience, but I do learn through all three methods.
I love to learn new things. I look forward to learning new things. I like to learn different ways of doing things.
I believe a person becomes successful by remaining open to new ideas. Only then will a person find new and efficient ways of doing something. Do you think the post office always used cars and trucks to deliver the mail? No. At different points in time, postal carriers delivered mail by train, by stagecoach, by horse. Society would not advance if it were for new ideas on how to imrove.
My experiential learning experience has allowed me the freedom to be creative and come up with new ways of doing things. I can apply these ideas, successes, and failures to future endeavors. One thing I will always have to remember is that every company is different. What has worked in my internship, might not work for my “big girl job” when I get it.
So here it is, the final week. I have 2 papers to write, 3 discussion boards to participate in, and a final presentation to complete. Right now, I am feeling comfortable and confident. Will that change? Probably. Will it make a difference to get stressed out and worked up? No. It will just make me miserable. So, I am going to focus on being happy, thankful for the experience, and grateful for everyone I have come in contact with these last 10 weeks. Those people have made this a great exerience and I could not have asked for better people to work with.
Here is to finishing strong.
(Sorry if this entry is all over the place, that is where my head is at right now.)