Sunday, May 29, 2011

Better Late than Never, Right?

It is approximately one month until we leave for Brown, but I am just now writing my first blog. At this point everyone is probably thinking, "When is ILC going to kick this flake out of the program?"

Well I can assure everyone that the ILC administration is still on top of their game. My absences from the blog tutorial, the School Board meeting, and the dinner at One Market were unfortunately due to medical complications. However, I am happy to announce that my doctors cleared me for full participation in all of the activities at Brown. I simply cannot wait.

In any case, I had to have the blog tutorial much later than everybody else. Fortunately, I was able to have a one-on-one session with Don Gosney today at 4:00 PM. Because there were only two of us, I was able to ask as many questions as I wanted, and the two of us were able to get through all of the material rather quickly and efficiently.
The blogging procedure was very informative to somebody like me, who knew nothing about blogging prior to the tutorial. In the past I had thought of blogging as simply a tool to advertise the scholarship program in hopes for donations, but I now realize that it serves a much greater purpose. Having to blog forces us to actively think about everything that we are doing, to be aware of how an experience is effecting us, or what impact it may have on us in the future. This constant reflection improves our critical thinking, and the constant blogging improves our writing. Thinking about blogging in this way will hopefully make it seem like less of a chore and more of a device for intellectual development.

1 comment:

  1. Caroline,

    Great to have you on board. As much as I'm pleased to see you healthy and available to join us, I'm also pleased with the quality of your first blog with us. It makes me feel good that you listened to what I had to say and actually applied it to your blog. Brava, Caroline.

    I hope you don't mind but I took the liberty of throwing in a couple of photos to spice up your text. Had you been well enough to have attended the dinner or the School Board presentation I would have used something from those events but all I had to choose from was your interview.

    One point of clarification, though, about something you wrote: we don't use the blog to solicit funding for the ILC. It doesn't work that way. We use our powers of persuasion to help our sponsors see the value in giving back to our community. When they read the blogs later it just helps to validate to them the impact they're having on the youth in our community.

    And as onerous as you may think that writing a blog might be, when you draft a blog after a milestone event you're drafting a singular blog. Since our next milestone event is this Thursday's orientation, by Saturday morning I'm expecting 35 fresh blogs on our sites and I get to go over every single one of them to correct the typos, reformat those that need them and adjust the photos (or add photos). This, Caroline, will be somewhat more demanding than what you're describing.


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