” You will have the opportunity to actively
be a part of big changes in your community,
as well as the chance to work alongside and
connect with knowledgeable individuals in
the field. “
– Natalie Ciancone
Photo Credit: Reta Meng
What knowledge, skills, and abilities did you develop in SUSTAIN 3S03 and continue to utilize in your personal and professional role(s)?
The 3S03 course allowed me to learn about interdisciplinary group work and the number of components that go into carrying out a large-scale project from start to finish. I was able to learn how to collaborate effectively in a team setting, which helped me to reach out and network with peers and professionals who could lend a hand in the planning and implementation stages of our project. Most importantly, I learned about the value of trial and error, and how to reflect and quickly adapt a project scope to meet an anticipated goal. Additionally, working on my 3S03 project taught me that having an open mindset and a willingness to listen, ask for help, and engage openly with others are assets in any role.
What was your most valuable takeaway from the project(s) you undertook during the course?
My most valuable takeaway from the project that I undertook during this course was in learning that positive support and encouragement don’t necessarily translate into environmentally conscious behaviour change. This value-intention gap is a common issue that needs to be overcome when trying to create forms of widespread change. This project was an ongoing learning process where evaluating each step and asking for constructive feedback helped us to improve on the project ideas and revaluate our expectations. Ultimately, asking tough questions and being open to reflection and feedback allowed us to come up with a product that was feasible and successful in the end.
If you could give any advice to a student interested in taking or enrolled in preparation for SUSTAIN 1S03, what would you say?
My advice to students who may be interested in taking SUSTAIN 3S03 would be to come in with an open mindset and a willingness to engage in discussions and projects. There is so much freedom with the projects that you will get to take on. You truly get to make them your own and the value you take out of this course is directly correlated to the effort you choose to put in. In 3S03, you will have the opportunity to actively be a part of big changes in your community, as well as the chance to work alongside and connect with knowledgeable individuals in the field.