Making the Most of My Experience

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Making the Most of My Experience

This is a guest post from our campus ambassador Sarah Fitterer from University of Missouri.
My spring semester has been one continuous learning process. Due to a busier schedule than previous semesters, I have developed my time management and organizational skills further than I could have imagined. Thanks to two of my courses, I have also learned how to gain the most from this semester&s experience.
For these courses, we are required to reflect on certain competencies that we are developing throughout the semester. Over the recent months, I have reflected on topics such as my internship, current service work, and past employment experiences to see where I have developed and how I can further develop my competencies.

Here are the tips that I have learned to gain the most from my experiences:
1. Journal it: forcing yourself to think about and recreate your experience will help you to see aspects that you may have missed while in the moment. By journaling my experiences, I am able to take advantage of similar future opportunities and use them to my benefit.
2. Create a Developmental Plan: choose an experience to focus on, such as a current internship, service work, or past employment. Then list and explain the steps that will lead you to reaching your end objective for your chosen subject.
3. Be aware of your goal: know what you want to get out of the experience and focus on what you can specifically do that day to help you reach it. Being aware of my end goal has helped me to stay focused on the task at hand and push myself out of my comfort zone.
4. Measure it: create a measurement system in which you are able to track your progress and see what works and what does not work for you. This way you will be able to see what is helping you reach your goal and what aspects you should alter to succeed in reaching your goal.