Thoughts about everything I've done during my past two years with the IA have been floating around my head all weekend, and I couldn't be so thankful for everything that has happened. Even though we've learned how to synthesize ideas and thoughts, the ones that I think about as I'm seating down crafting this blog are so many and so important that I can't decide which ones to stop speaking about. If I had to chose the most important offerings I've had from working in the IA these past years are:
1. The people: An outstanding group of people who lead a completely new experience in building a culture of excellence, while being surrounded by many 'haters' that could've brought our morale and self confidence down.
2. The relevancy: Everything we've done has been so relevant, or we've had the chance to make it relevant, that we've been mostly switched on as learners creating significant learning experiences.
3. The autonomy: Having the power to decide how to run things made us think how to run things. Taking a step back and reflecting on our vision and strategy constantly has been something really important in the process. Also, by having autonomy to relate the projects to my passion, such as writing about soccer, I was able to focus on the quality of my work and in growing as a learner. In my articles, I knew about the content, and that opened the doors for me to improve in my writing skills.
Moreover, during these days, many people came to me, and after some words of praise, they directly turned into saying "You're so lucky! You can now stop doing work at school and you won't have consequences." Being told this so many times has been the reason for me to grow a mind set that this won't happen, and not because I haven't applied to my dream college. I simply think about BlendZ. Lean StartUp. My articles on The Break. Even math and physics. Those are all things I care about, I enjoy working on and most importantly I do feel they make me grow as a human being, something I wan't to keep doing as much as possible. Because of those reasons, from now on, being able to leave grades aside for than ever, I'll work really hard but focusing more on something. I'll try to create more quality than quantity, something we refer to in the IA as beautiful work.