My background, My Life, My proposal

August 16, 2008

Hey yall-

So obviously, I am behind in the class, as this is my first post and there are 9 days left of the course. I’d like to explain why I am so behind, as I have explained to Stephanie. Since this class is about communicating with one another, I think we all need to have at least a little understanding of who each student/teacher is. For my part, I am taking this class because I am in my last year of college and need to earn credits in order to graduate on time. I fell behind in credits for a few semesters due to some anxiety problems; thankfully, I am very healthy these days and so chose to take on this course for the summer. However, I fell very far behind because I am one of those students who completely underestimated how much time I would need to dedicate to the course; I have been holding down a summer job, but its not the usual 9-5 many college kids take on during summer breaks. Instead, I have been spending my summer working at the all-girls camp I have attended since age 11; this is my 11th summer there. Since we are essentially on duty 24-7, I found it very difficult to make the time for myself to get to the “internet café” without being utterly sleep-deprived. I also found out after registering for the course that I would hold a new position this year, the village head for the oldest group of girls, called Sunrise. This meant that instead of simply being responsible for my cabin (of twelve fourteen and fifteen year old girls) as well as my duties working on the waterfront, I was also in charge of the three cabins in the village, supervising the village staff and dealing with any issues that came up for the village or anyone in it. It has been my dream to be village head since I began working at camp when I was 15, so I was very excited about it; and since this job is not at all a job for me, but a way of life, and another home, I threw my whole self into being the very best counselor and village head I could be. Therefore, many things, including this course, took a backburner in my life.

Now, with nine days left of this course and camp now over, I find myself struggling; I want very much to pass this class, not simply for the credits but because I do truly want to learn formally about communication. I think, though, that it is possibly one of the hardest subjects to teach and learn in an online setting, as in Steph’s post, we will not be interacting on a very personal level. Each of us experiences interpersonal communication every day, but what we learn from it and take away from it depends on how aware we are of our communication style.

So what I would like to propose is this: I would love to share my experience as a camp counselor and village head, in regards to communication, with all of you. I know that those of you who have actually stuck with this course the whole way threw are probably resentful of me, asking you to forgive me for slacking so hard-core. I have always hated group projects because of the people who never pulled their weight, and this course, I think is like a giant group project – that all of you have had to pull that much harder because I dropped the ball. I apologize sincerely that I was “that kid” and didn’t do what was necessary, and so I would like the chance to make it up to you. I return to camp each year for many reasons, one of the most important being that I always learn something new about myself; this year, ironically, I truly believe that I became a much better communicator than I have ever been, which will help me help others understand me better, help me resolve conflicts, and to express myself in ways I have not been able to in the past.

If you do not feel comfortable with this, please say so – we are trying to effectively communicate, afterall. If you feel that this is acceptable, again, please let me know; it is important not just to me, but to the whole of the class, that each member of the class is well-represented and understood.

I hope that all is well with each of you, and that your summers have been just as amazing, inspiring, and heart-warming as mine has. In peace,

SunriseUp02

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August 13, 2008

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