After a week-long hiatus for vacation, I was welcomed back to the command center to a dismal feeling. As August approaches (TWO DAYS!) our team is beginning to be disbanded. Our internship required 200 hours of each of us, and although a few of us have worked fewer hours due to other commitments or jobs, some of our team has logged enough to be finished by the end of the week.
What does this mean? Well, for starters, Michele is freaking out. I am sure it’s only because she has separation anxiety, and she has grown so attached to us that the thought of us leaving scares her. Yup, must be it. However, for the rest of us, it means losing valuable assets to the team. I have no doubt that we will be able to pick up where they leave off, but it’s kind of scary to realize that this summer is coming to an end.
We have worked hard for the last couple months. Although it may seem unsettling right now, our team disbanding just leaves room for the rest of us to step up to the plate. I think we did a great job of showcasing our skills thus far, but this will take the remainder of us further outside our comfort zones.
With three more weeks for me, I plan on making the most of what we have left. It’s terrifying when the date is in front of you, but to have the due date merely a couple weeks away, sends me into a pit of anxiety. It’s time to show Michele just what we are made of. We got this.
After reading all the PASSHE mission statements in week one, going into my first facilitation of IUP faculty, I had a pretty good idea of what I expected to hear. Maybe it was the group we were facilitating, but regardless, I left the meeting with more information than I had expected.
Every group we go to, whether students or faculty or alumni, will give us something the previous group hadn’t. Every forum we go through will bring different answers. Every time one of our team memebers takes the lead the conversation will go somewhere else. Just when we think we have all the information we will get, we are going to get surprised with a different reason why IUP is distinctive.
Week one started out scary for me. I was confused how the next 12 weeks were going to be helpful when I felt we had already done so much and were bound to hit a wall soon. Rest assured, My head is back on tight and I am positive we haven’t made a dent into the publics we need to. But we will.
Twelve weeks from now, when we hand President Driscoll the strategic visioning plan we have spent the summer preparing, it will be the best thing we could make it. This team is incredible, and we have no where to go from here but up.