Before addressing the results of the assessments…the first few slides are personal reflections on how I see myself as a learner, without the use of an online test. What I have observed about myself, what I have discovered does/does not work and things I should improve on.
Interpreting the results, I feel that I am doing well at achieving most ‘needs’ to be a successful student. Perhaps being involved a bit more on campus would be beneficial to my lacking social-life – and as a result balance out my routine of only academia and working out!
Addressing ‘Class Communication’, I am more comfortable writing that speaking in classes, hopefully this online class will demonstrate that, and I can reflect on my communication skills differently upon completion of this course.
I just completed my first triathlon this summer, and in hopes to improve, I plan on joining the KSU Cycling team (though running is really what I need to work on!!). This will help me get involved with Campus Activities before I graduate
Try to map out or make connections within the material I am studying to reflect my visual style of learning. I understand things when I see them, but never have to made them myself to help me learn material. Guess I will give this a try.
Keep in mind that I will someday get to apply material I am passively learning in the classroom to real world experiences. It does sadden me, that not many teachers use this mode more often…as, I believe it is most practical.
During the summer months, I tend to eat lighter and more fruits and vegetables.
I eat plenty of carbohydrates – but try to stay away from too much starch as part of my diet and maintaining a healthy BMI. I receive my carbohydrates in forms of nuts, oatmeal and muesli.
I do drink a glass of skim milk a day – but I am not a fan of cheese and therefore am not receiving the recommended servings.
Workout 7 days a week…avid athlete and believe fitness is key to my stress management, health and balanced lifestyle.
Organization is a strong characteristic of mine and I use that in every aspect of my life.
Stress occurs when overwhelmed with academic tasks, but I know I can overcome if I persist and put in enough effort. I also don’t sacrifice other parts of my “balanced-life” – which I know benefits my health overall, but can lead to some academic time-stressors.
Not going to change anything, I am aware of my body…not necessary by weight, but how I feel. I tend to stay at the “correct” BMI based on how I perceive my fitness level.
I will continue to eat fruits/veggies…hopefully even during the winter when I start going into hibernation mode and stock up on carbs.
I won’t be changing my whole grain intake. I know when my blood sugar is low, or when I need to consume carbohydrates and god knows I won’t touch anything besides complex carbs/whole grains.
I will continue drinking skim milk and will continue taking my vitamin D and calcium supplements.
Can’t live without it…will continue until I die.
Keep going on about my business…can’t fully escape stress, but know how to manage it.
Sleep habits won’t change. Early to bed, early to rise…I require 8 hours and I will do whatever it takes to get all 8!
I know doing what I need to do outside of school, will help me succeed while in school. I have a balance, if something is off, everything is off. I have 3 main aspects of my life…School, Sports, Boyfriend…if one thing is missing, my whole balance is off!!
Want to start out by saying how dead-on this test is. I remember taking something similar as a child and was kind of indifferent of the results, but now…this is spot on.
I often have to justify my “anti-social” behavior to my fellow graduate students in the Geology Department. And it’s not that I don’t want to hang out with them, it’s that I am picky about what/when/where/why we are doing those things.
I have also been called fickle, because I will say I want to do something, and then decide I rather do something else…or nothing at all. My mind is in constant thinking-mode of what is best for me at this very moment and what will I get out of doing “this.”
I am the queen of long-distance relationships, and often when we are reunited, it takes about a week for me to get used to being “social” on a regular basis.
Always thinking a year in advance and toying with the possibilities of what is going to happen after this “goal” (grad school) is accomplished.
I’m always seeking out new possibilities and love to have as many choices as possible…I will apply for several different jobs/program arranging from a variety of subjects so I can pick and choose what path I would like to fake.
Accomplishment, finishing things, achievement…best feeling I can get in any arena.
Almost too objective sometimes…unbiased – with no opinions either.
Conflict is natural…but, currently having a struggle with any form of it from a “real-world” experience.
I love lists and being able to have a plan-of-attack. Whether it is for writing a paper, studying or planning a vacation.
Obviously…I avoid procrastination and deadlines like the plague. If it’s not done at least 2 days in advance…its late and I am FREAKING OUT!
1989 – Began Pre-school…the basics of getting along with others, speaking, understanding of authority outside my parents.
1990 – Began Kindergarten…basic understanding of reading, writing and math. Social skill development.
1997 – Quit traveling softball upon parents request (because they did not like the coach). Decided their reasoning made sense and learned listening to my parents could be good or bad. Couldn’t decide which outcome this was at the time.
1997 – Began Middle School…grasping new academic freedom of choice. Sports and band were priorities during/after school.
1998 – Got into my first ‘serious’ relationship. Learned social dynamics with the opposite sex, maintaining a relationship and learning to care for someone.
1999 – Began High school…learned transitions in life bring a lot more change than the transition itself…broke-up with first boyfriend.
1999 – Did not get brought up from the Freshman Basketball team to JV…My parents always asked me if I wanted them to call the coach, I always told them no, I would get where I wanted on my own ~ though other players did not . Learned self-discipline, got private lessons, practiced after practice, practiced after games…made myself KNOW I was better than the three girls that got brought up to JV their freshman year.
2000 – Getting Varsity time on basketball team, but sprained ankle and was out 6 weeks and got demoted to JV. Learned, life isn’t fair…or basketball and I weren’t meant to be. Decided to see if my softball skills still existed and joined the JV team.
2000 (summer) – Got recruited by Pat Bosco to play for his traveling softball team, where I learned that if you have the right coach and find someone that has more faith in yourself that you even do – sky is the limit. I then obsessed over softball.
2001 – Was advised to enroll in a KU College writing course, built my confidence in life outside high school and continuing my education.
2001 - Played both JV and Varsity Basketball, still felt like I wasn’t getting a fair shot. Played Varsity Softball all-time 2 nd base. Learned that persistence and confidence can only get you so far sometimes (basketball), and persistence, confidence and talent (softball) can lead to greater things.
2002 – Enrolled myself without advising in my second college course. Learned that I need to start taking direction/responsibility for my academics.
2002 – Decided to quit basketball and focus on softball for college reasons. Did not feel like I gave up or quit, but made a choice. I learned that I am not a quitter, but a decision maker.
2003 – Graduated High School with Honors and plenty of community service activities under my belt. Got accepted to Knox College with the knowledge it was a very tough school – but my confidence was high and adrenaline running…that I was escaping my hometown for good.
2003 – First Year of College, was definitely playing softball but was randomly recruited for the collegiate basketball team when they observed me playing pick-up. I started as a freshman. Learned that what goes around comes around and those girls that got moved up freshman year to JV, aren’t even playing college sports. For the LOVE OF THE GAME!
2004 – Family moved from Kansas to Virginia, rediscovered my love for the outdoors. Had an epiphany about what my major would be when I returned to school.
2004 – Changed major from Business/Music to Environmental Studies and Economics. Learned that reflecting on childhood passions ultimately lead to what I should be doing in my adult life.
2004 – Chose to no longer player basketball, two sports was too much and my academics were suffering.
2005 – Studied abroad…learned my love for traveling and being on my own. Went to college not knowing anyone, traveled abroad without knowing anyone…learned that I like to be on my own during these types of adventures.
2005 – Academics going very well, realized that I can graduate a year early. Discovered that my hard work-ethic can get my places and get me places FAST.
2005 (summer) – Traveled to El Salvador alone. Learned that there are some amazing/crazy people in the real world.
2006 – Graduated College. Learned that I always have to have a plan and that I can’t sit still very long.
2007 – Flew to Australia to work as an Intern going Rainforest Research with a American Study Abroad Program – learned that I can not/will not be taken advantage of…while I am a professional volunteer, there’s a difference between being appreciated and being taken advantage of.
2008 – Left Australia and moved to Oregon to work as an AmeriCorps Member. Learned that while I like small communities, there is such a thing as “too small.” Also re-learned my love for swimming and teaching.
2009 – Began Master’s Program at KSU – learned that when an awesome opportunity presents itself, just go with it…and luckily even more has come with that!
Future – Earn Master’s in Geology, pursue a second master’s degree in Outdoor Recreation or Environmental Education. Learn how to teach people to appreciate our planet and explore the only home we’ve got!
I started this slide show from the beginning to the end…and as mentioned, the first few slides were just a personal reflection of myself. It was cool to see how I described myself being a learner through real world experiences and that showing up on the VARK test as my strong point.
Glad I reflected prior to the assessments, took them and then was able to reflect on the results and how I originally interpreted myself.
I feel the assessments were a great way of organizing the information that I understood about myself and now being able to categorize them.