Academics,  Life

End of the Term Reflections

It has been awhile since I last wrote here. I have been busy, spending a lot of hours reading for classes and working at an internship I started in September. The internship is officially over, but I’m thankful for the challenges it presented me with and the opportunity it gave me to grow. I think a big outcome of my time spent interning was the realization of how much I still have to learn.

About two years ago, when I started getting interested in design and health communications, it felt like there was an ocean to cross in order to gain the skills and knowledge I thought I needed. I knew I was still a beginner and had a lot to learn. Since then, I think I’ve grown quite a bit in what I know about design. But I haven’t finished crossing the ocean.

I’ve made it pretty far, but still have more distance to travel. This internship highlighted this for me. I had the opportunity to work on new projects, learning more about data visualization and being able to improve my skills with Adobe InDesign. Hopefully, I will be able to update my portfolio on Create with Purpose soon with these projects. I know I have more to learn but I am excited to move forward. And to start out, I want to dive deeper into a book I recently discovered – Data Visualisation: A Handbook for Data Driven Design by Andy Kirk. I have dipped my toes in reading the beginning pages, but was instantly drawn to the content.

The term ended two weeks ago. In the interim time since then, I have had time to reflect on the internship and where I am at. I’ve mentioned this before, but I view learning as a lifelong endeavor, something which never ends but continually develops over time. And I know I am at the beginning stages of this process. Going forward, both into next term and the new year, I try to reflect on a few questions. I don’t have answers to these questions yet. In reality, they are ones I go back to often in evaluation , but I think they are important to process.

 

Questions for Personal Reflection:
  • What are my goals?
  • What are the skills I want to work on, to grow in?
  • What is the reason behind all the work I do?
  • Where will I invest my time?

 

This time of reflection goes beyond the work I am doing for school. And these questions are more like starting points. But they help me to evaluate the past few months. Through evaluation, I am figuring out where I should move forward and where I should slow down.

 

I hope as the year comes to a close, you find time to reflect on all the challenges from the past year, but also to see the good in this last year and the hope in this new year. Thank you for reading over the past year and I hope you have a wonderful new year!

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