December 09, 2011

Capstone Experience 2

Capstone provided many valuable experiences throughout the semeseter. One memory that I have is the day we trained juniors and other under classmates as senior leaders. I personally did not have much experience in leadership roles and it I remember feeling almost awkward being in the position to 'teach' and 'lead.' The first training day, we trained junior students about the protocols in screening. The fact that I had to stand up and speak in front of so many students who are only one academic year behind us made me so nervous. My hands and voices were literally shaking. I remember trying so hard to hide it and trying to look confident in front of them.
Throughout the semester and capstone experience where I took various leadership roles and I feel I have successfully progressed but the first day of training, I just wanted to make a note that it was a nerve breaking experience. However, it was a valuable experience and I feel confident that if I ever have to teach people again, I sure will be able to present myself with more confidence.

Capstone Experience 1

The capstone experience for me took place in CMSD screening Kindergartners and 3rd graders. As a senior I participated in every process of screening including preparing for the actual screening and as well as visiting schools before screening day to talk to school faculty and set things up.
One day, I went to visit a school to talk to school faculty and set things up. Usually, they already know about the protocols and what we expect from them to have the screening process go flawlessly because the team communicates with the schools via e-mails. However, in this one school, due to technical problem, faculty did not really understand what we needed. It actually made the preparing process a little bit challenging but through working with that school to prepare for the screening, I really felt strong about getting such an experience. Once we graduate, we will have to face the unexpected to work our way through our profession and career and having such an experience during education only enhances and makes you stronger.