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Learning Experiences

Posted on: February 4, 2010

I suddenly feel like I want to change my blogger blog template. But so
far I can’t really find one that makes me go ‘wow’! I’m a bit bored of
the current one although it’s all pretty and cute and all. I like it,
really, but somehow I think it’s a bit too far on the cute end for me.
🙂

I like my business modules this year. They are quite
psychological, and they sort of bring out the best in me. We’re doing a
video project on improving people’s life this year, worth 35%. Somehow
during group discussions I managed to lead quite a bit, induce topics
for discussions, and build on my knowledge of emailing and contacting
relevant organizations. Also, I get to work with different people too,
those that I totally don’t know. (Same for my lab group – I just got to
know my lab partners today. Thankfully all of them are nice.)

The
first half of a biz module I’m taking is on leadership training, and
through the case studies I’m doing I get to reflect on traits of
myself, both as a person and as a leader, understand why I do certain
things and how I can go far. Usually I thought biz modules (at least
the conceptual parts) are just lots of theory and crap, but this is the
first time that I get so much from reflective learning. 🙂 For example
– leadership is not just leading people to goals, it’s imparting
influence so that people would want to get to that goal. That is true.
Farid used to impart the concept that jamming is fun, and it’s nice to
learn new things. Shu Shan (my ex-Choir MM) gave us the impression that
singing is the happiest thing, and it doesn’t matter what quality comes
out, the most important thing is to enjoy the process. And Sem (this
year’s Band MM) made us all realize that it is a previledge to be one
of the best cultural groups in hall, and that we’re going to go far no
matter what.

We also learned traits of successful managers: self
confidence, have high energy levels, be able to tolerate stress, good
internal locus of control, emotionally mature, has integrity, cares for
social good, has a moderately high achievement orientation and low need
for affliation. Hah! I just realized that as a worker/leader/person
etc, my need for affliation is really quite high. Just yesterday one of
the basketball players approached me (in a nice way) and told me that
my articles lacked pictures, interviews, and used the wrong jargon.
Although I knew all these things all along, it still made me feel bad
because I was not able to produce something good (and might have
offended people along the way). This thing unconsciously stayed with me
the whole day until the said basketball player replied my email in a
very encouraging way, and it makes me want to write better for my
remaining articles. I do care a lot about the way people look at me.
Maybe a little too much.

On top of that I also learned how
important conceptual skills are to a leader (or to anyone). Making good
judgemen, having foresight, intuition, creativity, and be able to find
meaing and order in things, and indentifying complex patterns in
relationships. As a worker, it is good to have transferable skills
(things you bring with you no matter which company you work with), as
compared to non-transferrable ones. Conceptual skills, and
interpersonal skills are what individuals should seek to develop, to
increase their individual values as employees. There’s a hundred and
one other stuff that I did learn, and am excited about, but I guess I
won’t go too deep into those. Oh did I mention that the lecturer is
tall and handsome, with blue eyes? That’s another plus point isn’t it?
🙂

Lab today ended late, kind of a bad start for the term. This
is the first time the TA’s actually abandoned us, and left us to fend
on our own (which is actually what we should have learned to do long
ago). So we spent eons figuring out what to do and why, until the TA
finally dropped a tip or two. But I was quite satisfied with the
experience, because even in a Kasun-less lab I finally managed to
figure out concepts on my own, and help my group mates in discussion!
Else I’ll be relying on Kasun the whole time to explain things to me
and understand how the machine works. (The only things he can’t explain
are bio-related). So I’m more independent now! 🙂

FYP readings
are going along better now. It turned out that I have started with the
heavy bulk of the readings, and the remaining ones are quite repetitive
and lighter to absorb. Hopefully I can start doing the FYP proper next
week! I would miss my Friday off-days a lot though. 😦

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1 Response to "Learning Experiences"

Wow ~ u clever lady xx

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