Thinking Back…

Reflections on my year in PLA

When I think back on my year in PLA, my recollections are overwhelmed with feelings of gratefulness. Sure, there were a moments of confusion, or stress, or frustration, but they are pale in comparison to all the great moments. What I am most grateful for is 3-fold:

  1. The opportunity for self-reflection: Be it discussion board posts or journal entries, there were more than a few dozen “ah-ha” moments throughout the year. All of my problems may not be “solved” yet, but I know myself far better now than I did a year ago.
  2. The push: Not that the faculty ever ruled with an iron fist, but the push from them, the instructions, the positive peer-pressure (i.e., motivation), was what I really needed. I knew about leadership, I knew that I wanted to pursue it, and I knew where to learn more, but I needed the impetus that this course provided to take action on it. Otherwise, it would have just become another one of my projects on the ever-growing to-do list.
  3. The resources: From “what to do” guides, to “what not to do” guides, this course was ripe. And I use the term ‘guides’ loosely in that there were readings, discussion board posts with others sharing their experiences, webinars with extremely qualified and experienced facilitators, and more.

Please check out my series of blog posts on what I learned about in each of the seven courses.

Thinking Ahead…

Sustaining and building upon the PLA learnings

Click either the ‘Personal’ or ‘Team’ buttons above for a description of each of my leadership projects plans.