It is hard to believe that it is all almost over. 8 weeks seems like such a long time; looking back it was some of the fastest weeks of my life. Having not previously done research, the hardest part for me was to learn the process and methods of doing formal research. Learning how to research was one skill that I will be able to carry with me forever. The most exciting for me was to meet with all the accomplished alumni. They all had a uniquely refined point but the same underlying message.
I learned important networking and interviewing skills that will be applicable to my future. Knowing how to conduct myself and handle business interviews will be very helpful as I look for the job that will make my career. I have been able to hone both my research and leadership skills. This has been done through peer review, group experiences, and mentorship. Without my fellow cohort and the excellent leader we have had, I would not have gotten as much out of this experience.
The single most important thing that I will take away from this program is that prioritizing and goal setting will allow me to accomplish anything I set my mind to. I learned how to prioritize and manage my time, so I would not fall behind. Prioritization is applicable to every single aspect of my life, both personally and professionally. I want to thank everyone on the McKearn staff, John and Cassandra McKearn, and all the alumni that we visited to make this program possible. Without their vision and support to create a program such as this, I never would have had the experience of a lifetime.
That’s all for now.