“What are my final thoughts on what I learned this year as a result of my capstone?”
I don’t want this to sound bad but my first final thought is that thankfully it’s over. I don’t mean this to be rude but more as a reflection on the many ups and downs, projects, trips, undertakings, and meetings we have experience in ENVS. We’ve done a lot and I’m excited to have a small break from the many important things I’ve done in this program before I jump back into the fray in a new setting and environment.
Another take away was a lesson I learned pretty quickly while working on this project that is that I need to be doing things I enjoy. If I am not in an environment in which I can properly function, doing something that I don’t take value in, I can sometimes start to flounder. My Capstone taught me that when I was struggling on a issue that I handwritten to death about and I was over it. It wasn’t until I rekindled my interest in something that I thought that I would be able to successfully produce a capstone outcome in the first place. So that’s the big lesson I am taking away from this project, is that need to do what I value and trust my instincts to know what that is.
Overall, I think there are many lessons to take away from ENVS this year as well as my capstone project. However, I do think that I suffer from an issue that other majors have expressed in that sometimes it feels like our work isn’t finished and we find it hard to reach meaningful conclusions before we have to move on. I think one potential lesson that can be taken from this feeling is to use it at motivation in future works to produce complete meaningful work.
Another important lesson I learned this year is relying on others. It’s true for all of us that none of our projects would be where they are if we weren’t able to build off one another trust each other’s opinions.
Overall I’d say that the most important lesson my capstone and my time in ENVS has taught me is the value of relying on others in your situation for help and understanding that input is key to successful work.
This project and program have taught me much and I am grateful for those lessons.