Hicks Lake was our first (and so far only due to corona) TALONS trip. We literally started planning the trip on the first day of school. We had only met our classmates once during our June orientation and we had to start planning a camping trip right away. We split into different committees (I was a team leader) and divided up tasks. We only had a few weeks to plan the trip then we went in the middle of September. We had to plan everything down to the food we ate and I can say so far it was one of my best TALONS experiences so far.
3 – I respond to the work or ideas of my peers in a way that is compassionate and productive
Considering we had just met each other, and we had to work in a decently stressful project together we were kind of forced to respond to each other’s work in a productive way. We also had to rely on everyone getting their work done because if groups weren’t working well together the work just wouldn’t get done. If you didn’t speak up for yourself while meal planning, then you wouldn’t get to eat food you liked. I think the urgency of this project did lead us to becoming closer.
8 – I challenge myself to increase my technological literacy by working with apps, software, or mediums that I have not used in the past
Most of us had used tech before since a lot of us came from MACC but not a lot of us had ever used TEAMS before and we had to exclusively plan the trip on there. Due to most of us having been in programs that heavily used tech we were able to figure it out pretty quickly but it took a day or two to figure out how to properly use it. Some committees also had to send formal emails which some group members didn’t have much experience with before then.