"Service action does not automatically become service attitude. The depth of reflection determines the quality of the attitude, and the quality of the action."
As we begin to fill out our final reports, schedule our final meetings, harvest our final produce, and say goodbye to members of our AMI family over the next few weeks, it is time to reflect both personally and professionally on this whole experience.
Empowered MBC students, LaToya and Jazmin gardening last spring!
Without ongoing reflection this time wouldn’t have had nearly as much of an impact on us or in the organizations we have been working with the past 11 months. As I look back at the year, I find myself grateful for working with wonderful people that guided me through the year, and they all had their methods of reflection that I found useful.
Beets and carrots planted by MBC students last spring, harvested over the summer
Realistically Described, noted, and measured what happened.
Figured out what I was thinking and feeling, and examine where and how that impacted the work I was doing.
Evaluated the experiences: how did they go? how were others impacted? what was accomplished?
Analyzed what I can make of the situations.
Concluded what else I could have done.
Established an Action plan for what to do if I were in these situations again.
And Repeat because reflection as a process is long, cyclical, and continuous.
Carrots post harvest!
Fortunately I have been reflecting throughout the year with the help of AMI and my weekly check-ins with my supervisor at MBC. Instead of boring you with a step-by-step analysis of my year, I can confidently say that it’s been a good year, with challenges, successes, failures, and above all growth. Personal growth and vegetable growth.
Reflecting on my first semester at MBC
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