Stephanie Rosario Rodriguez
Over the course of the two weekends, I encountered many moments that altered the way I looked at my work, my colleagues and myself. The first moment of clarity was based off something Terry Jenoure said. “If I get quiet, I know what I have to do next.” Those words carried with me that entire weekend. I’m so used to moving and acting quickly out of necessity that I forget not all situations require rapid action. In fact, many problems could be avoided if I sat down, closed my eyes and explored the depths of my minds. I’m working on relating what she said into my daily endeavours and relationships. This can be much harder in practice than in theory.
Secondly, I learned a lot about the importance of collaboration. I’ve always considered myself as someone who’d rather work alone than with a group. Yet, I’m realizing that a lot can be gained from working with others. During Terry’s workshop I realized that I couldn’t have accomplished the same result if I had worked alone on the protest song. Although the presentation of it was very difficult for me, I was thankful I had the support of my classmates both during the writing process and after. This workshop also taught me about the importance of risk taking and the delicate balance between too much risk and not enough.
Lastly, I learned that a lot of the times (if not most) I have been the one preventing myself from succeeding. It may have been as a result of Terry’s workshop and Maria’s confidence but I learned to stop holding back. The fear of trying to be great sometimes weighs so heavy that I never take flight. I’m realizing I have more to gain than I have to lose in many circumstances.