Where it started…


The Route…

Building step by step, some of you had the endurance…

And some of you slept on the grill

Some pearls of wisdom:

  • Endurance is better than sleeping on the grill.
  • Understand what theory-into-practice and the OWU Connection are about: the focus of the course is how to make this all work for you (whether you do it sooner or later).
    • 95% of undergrads don’t have access to these kinds of opportunities.
  • Keep trying to understand your personal values and how they apply to all of this.
    • Use it to shape what you do – now and in the future.
  • Work to find something you are actually interested in and excited to do.
    • pay attention to brain wiggles
  • Read and learn and talk about concepts and ideas – like those we explored from the first part of the class text.
    • These are the big ideas that shape how you think about what you are doing.
  • Learning vs. creating knowledge: Many courses focus on learning what is already known, in this class, we also look at the steps towards creating your own knowledge or a real-world application (or at least proposing to do so).
  • Learn the process and the important aspects of each step from idea generation to a draft TPG and presentation.
  • Agency and Engagement: It’s relatively easy to be passive in your education. TPG and the OWU Connection and the process from this class give you agency to actively shape your education and future.
  • Don’t get bogged down: Do something: it need not be perfect, everything you ever dreamed of, your ultimate life’s goals.
    • Just do something. Then do something more.
  • Snag Opportunities: even if a project or collaborator or internship may not be ideal or perfect (whatever that means) take advantage of the opportunity.
  • Collaboration: find and use the right collaborators: faculty, librarians, writing center, OWU Career Connection, experts elsewhere (places you want an internship), other students, etc.
  • Figure out what you need to know in order to do what you want: courses, but sometimes what you need to know is not in a course.
    • Alternatives: directed readings and independent studies, online courses and learning (use OWU Connection funds if there is a cost), read books, talk to people.
    • But also: find collaborators that fill in your gaps in knowledge and know-how.
  • It’s Going to take Time: a couple of semesters, years…
  • Vital: Make Time for this work
    • It is at least as important as taking classes
    • You will have a tough time making a TPG work if you don’t work it into your schedule
      • For credit work (all majors have these options)
        • ENVS 490: Independent Study
        • ENVS 491: Directed Readings
        • ENVS 495: Internship
    • If possible, work parts of your efforts into projects in other courses
  • Do whatever it takes to be a more interesting person
  • Go away! Take a break (soon)

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