It is easy to picture this class as a wrap-up of the Sustainability Dual major experience. For the course itself, a substantial amount of reflection was encouraged during class and on our own time. It allows for concreting the main ideas and causing the takeaway to become more powerful. The majority of this was achieved through small ongoing assignments, such as these blog posts. However, another main portion that prompted the Sustainability Dual major to converge was the capstone project. It provided the opportunity for a practical application of ideas touched on throughout the dual major. In addition, it created new learning experiences and supplied us with universal skills. To give examples, networking and project management are both examples of areas improved on.
During the team-oriented, capstone project portion of this class, I was able to recognize the value of organization and communication between members. Also, the benefits of being invested in the work that you are completing and the genuine belief that it is meaningful. Overall, what I want to remember about this course is the atmosphere, both literally and figuratively. The classroom itself was set up with tables facing one another and filled with bright colors. This reminded me again of my Sustainability 401 class, where we briefly touched on the factors that can increase productivity in a workspace. Following along with physical setup, the course facilitated discussion and acknowledged the importance of exchanges with classmates, which allowed for more productive conversation. There was an increased level of comfort that was fostered and valued in a way that is overlooked by almost all other classes. Maybe it can stand as a metaphor for the knowledge that could be accessed, and advances that could be achieved if we focused more on connecting all people of all backgrounds on issues being faced.