Friday, December 07, 2007

Carpe Diem, Baby!

(Shout out to Metallica in the title)

What a semester!  I have always been a workaholic, but I think this semester, I maxed out.  I have a friend who runs marathons, and she talks about how they find their maximum heart rate when training by sprinting until their body shuts down.  Well, I think I found my maximum work rate this semester, lol.

Nonetheless, I am so glad I did all the things that I was given the opportunity to do.  Four client projects - IMPACT!, Habitat, American Haitian Foundation, and the Faculty Senate... it was pretty overwhelming at times.  But now that we're in the home stretch, I am so glad we did it all.

Colin and Angela's work with IMPACT! was so well implemented.  I am really excited about the opportunity that they have facilitated through their work.  Axel, Patrick, John, and Corey had a great vision for a 5K last semester; now, Colin and Angela have continued their work and made it possible for this to occur in the Spring.  It will just be up to one of my classes in January to carry the torch for one last semester.

The rest of the students in my 9:05 section and all of the students in my 10:10 section took on the challenge of creating a new Web site for the Habitat for Humanity ReStore.  We hit some bumps in the road, but we learned from them; I can't express how grateful I am for all the hard work you guys put in to the project.  Megan finally found just the right photo for the banner at the top of the page, and I think we will all be very impressed with the final version.

Then, words can't really even describe the synergy that happened in my 10:10 class with the American Haitian Foundation site.  I have never had a class work so well together.  You guys are truly amazing, and I thank you for all the work you did.   At the moment, I am sitting in your class marveling at how well you collaborate.  I wish I could take you all to the middle school where I do grant work (their blog -  You could teach them what we mean when we say "help one another."  (That's a tremendous compliment, btw.  It is certainly not as simple as it seems.)

Finally, I am so grateful to my 1:25 class for all their patience.  They had a truly challenging project because they had to put information together based on links that were often broken.  I know it was frustrating for them.  But they have hung in there and made it all work.  I appreciate your positive attitudes, guys.  Problem solving is a great strategy to know.  Problem solving with a smile is something very few people in the work force have.  Thank you for your smiles.

I will miss you all, and I wish you the best.  Please let me know if you ever need a reference letter.

Angie =o)