All together the library field trip was very enjoyable. Though its purpose was to educate us about our eminent people, it was still a very laid-back and inviting environment for learning. I found that the activities were pretty independent or were carried out in small groups, which I think made me more productive, but also more engaged. I think that this way of learning is more memorable and more appealing to me because it’s highly experiential. I like how the researching portion of the field trip was incorporated so seamlessly with the leisure time of the field trip. It blurred the line between work and play, making the learning more interactive as well as closer to my personal interests.
Through this field trip I have learned a lot including what and how an “urban solo” works. The free time to think before the fieldtrip about what we wanted to get out of the day really helped me become more organized as well as get more things done than I had expected. I also learned to make the most of the time I had to research by experience as I spent a little too much time looking for my books and not enough time reading them—I should have stuck to the plan I made during my thinking time in the urban solo. I hadn’t documented the day well before this field trip, so I am glad that I got to experiment with picture taking and journal writing to express my feelings as well as thoughts throughout the day. It really helped me to summarize the day, identify the key points, and write this blog post now. I think it’s a really great skill to have and I will definitely apply it when we go to our retreat. Most importantly of all, I learned about my eminent person and actually decided, after doing some research, who my eminent person would be. Though I wasted some time learning about someone who is not my eminent person, the research really helped me figure out who I wanted to study.
The things I have learned from this trip will definitely influence my eminent project, from who I am actually studying, to the way I study and how I look at that research. Seeing the way other people were investigating their eminent person helped me improve the way that I research and got me to experiment with different styles of examining to find out what works best for me. Having time in the library to do some research really helped me put all of the work in to perspective and put me more at ease because I realized how much I will enjoy learning about my eminent person. I also got some perspective on how this project will work, as I was a bit confused up until that point. This library trip really clarified who I wanted to study for eminent and that has a huge impact on my content of course. However, most importantly of all, this field trip got me very enthusiastic about diving in to the eminent person project and sparked my passions which I think will shine through in the final product.
Starting out at the beginning of the day, I had a very different idea of how the trip would work out; I thought that I would find all three of the books I was looking for at the library and that I would have plenty of time to begin reading them, I thought that the research would continue to the book store, as well as be more collaborative in the researching methods. However, I only found two of the books that I was looking for and go an audio book to replace the last book. I didn’t have time to read as much as I would have liked but I decided who I would study for eminent which exceeded my expectations for the day. I found that in the book store, I didn’t really study my eminent person and used that time for leisure time and to pursue other topics of interest. Though I didn’t study my eminent person at the book store, I had a great time learning about a few other topics, but also getting to know my classmates better through this portion of the field trip. The research in the library however turned out to be more independent than I had expected but I think that this made me a lot more productive and focused on the objective.
I had a great time at the library and at the book store. The atmosphere all together was friendly, relaxed, but also very educational at the same time. I really liked the balance we had in the day between time to socialize and time to be independent, but also the balance between time to research eminent people and time to leisurely explore other topics of interest. I liked learning and researching in this very experiential and interactive way where we get a lot of say in how we do things but also the chance to be part of a bigger group if we choose. The bus way there and back was a lot of fun and I am glad that we got that time and time between the library and book store to get to know each other a bit better. In a nutshell, I think that this day exceeded my expectations in nearly all aspects, though in a surprising and subtle way.