When Michelle announced to our class that we would be working side by side with President Driscoll and be active participants in the strategic visioning process, I felt overwhelmed and excited at the same time. I knew it was going to be a huge opportunity for both myself and my fellow classmates but I also knew it wasn’t going to be a joke and would require dedication to the project.
Although I consider myself to be outgoing, when the time came for the first group facilitation I had butterflies in my stomach. Myself and two other classmates, like toddlers learning to swim, were tossed into the middle of The Rivers Club in Pittsburgh by Michelle to facilitate a group comprised of President Driscoll, his wife and a handful of distinguished alumni.
To combat my nerves I took a deep breath, and once I was immersed, instead of drowning like I expected to, suddenly I began swimming through the questions as if I had known how to ask them all my life. Speaking came naturally, and I realized that we would never have been put in this position if our professor didn’t think we were capable of not only rising to the challenge but also surpassing it.