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Tuesday, October 5, 2010
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Monday, March 15, 2010
Pictures of the lions not sure if anyone added these. The retreat was a wonderful experience that helped build a lot of friendships and gave me the motivation to work hard so that I can achieve my goals of graduating. It was the break i needed from school and the insight needed to realize I'm not the only person that feels like graduate school is impossibly difficult. No matter how hard it may seem I just need to work harder and use the support system that I have available to achieve my graduation goals. Once again I would like to thank everyone that was involved with this amazing trip.
Sunday, March 14, 2010
Thank you PROMISE!
Thursday, March 4, 2010
For many of us, life as a graduate student does not naturally allow us to interact or see other students, and consequently we often feel isolated and alone in the work that we do. This retreat allowed so many of us the chance to meet and interact with other graduate students, as well as those who have successfully completed programs. It was such a wonderful opportunity to learn and be reminded that there are others diligently working and persevering, and to build relationships with people who also want you to succeed.
One of my favorite parts was perhaps the very first group thing we did, which was to introduce ourselves one by one. Although it takes a while, it is so neat to hear what everyone is studying, where they are from, and which programs they are a part of! Promise is filled with interesting and intelligent individuals for sure!
I also loved the activities we did with Terra trecks… from the amusing “I’ve got the power” warmup exercise to having to *fall backwards off a ladder*, it was such a breath of fresh air the whole time! I think also the amount of structured and free time was a perfect mix.
Thank you so very much to Promise and all the wonderful staff, and to everyone who went on the retreat! It would NOT have been the same if YOU had not been there!
Let’s keep working hard! We’re all in this together- supporting and encouraging each other!
*Initially I didn’t think this would be that scary… but I was truly surprised! Fortunately, we had an amazing group of people that were trustworthy and did catch each of us!
Wednesday, March 3, 2010
Here are the photos I promised to post taken by Gustavo. The first is the camp fire. Second one is the moon. The third one is the lake from our room window in the morning. The fourth is a moon dance performed by Nohemi, and last but not least a moon dance by Katrina.
The team activities that were outside and the "Olympics" that we did inside were the most fun part of the weekend. It was a time to communicate and work together to all reach the same goal. This part of the retreat just re-enforced the fact that grad school is too hard to do on your own. It's important to seek help and support from others and also, help others whenever possible.
Thank you PROMISE for putting together a great event
So participants in DH did manage to take some time to enjoy the outdoors. On Saturday afternoon, we took to the streets and took a 45 minute walk to the bridge and back. It was beautiful. I promised to post the pictures so here they are. You can see the view from the bridge in the first, the view of the frozen lake and lodge in the second one and the mountains in third, not to mention all my wonderful Dissertation House colleagues. Moon dancing pictures to follow.
Overall, the retreat was a great experience. I enjoyed all of the games, team building activities, encouragement from peers and mentors, and food! I would like to thank Promise for this opportunity, and I hope I will have a chance to participate again in the future.
Tuesday, March 2, 2010
Thank you PROMISE!
Monday, March 1, 2010
The outdoor activities was not only fun, but was also meaningful in my perspective about doing research and talking classes in grad school. I learned to seek out for help, stay positive, and push myself a little harder every time I am about to give up on some work. Like one of the student in PROMISE said "may be the fall not that bad after all".
I also learned to be able to work more efficient as a team when needed. In fact, I feel so blessed to meet SAJA-the leaping lions team during this retreat. :)
Once again, thank you so much for giving me these great experiences that I could carry on with my grad work, PROMISE!
Overall I think that this retreat was just what I needed to keep me motivated and conquering the challenges that this semester has to offer. I am already looking forward to next year's retreat!
Thank you PROMISE!
It was such a nice experience to be surrounded by so many nice and supportive people. I was in the out door activities in a great team; bears group, I have already missed you!
I experienced trust, cooperation, being patient, let it go and forgive when you feel you deserved an award but you couldn't get it.
I saw myself sometimes be brave and volunteer for dangerous activities, and sometimes be the last person, look and get the courage from others.
I believe they were lessons for life, all packed in 2 day retreat program given to us by Promise! Thank you Promise!
I will continue to attend the PROMISE Community building retreat in future if it is available. I believe I will learn more and more during my graduate program.
Ph. D Candidate in mechanical engineering of UMBC
to get back on track after having serious doubts about the path of my
dissertation. PROMISE was the fire I needed when I began my Ph.D. program
and now at the end of my journey, it is my guiding light out. I feel
privileged to have the support and resources that PROMISE provides to
students during this obstacle course. Thank you for the opportunity.
- ALMOST Dr. Carr
I learned a lot from the outdoor activity this weekend. It was a very great experience there that I felt the trust among team members. I climbed up to the top of the ladder and let it go. I didn't even feel fear, because I trust all the team members. I knew all my team members were supporting me.
I also learned so much from the 'puzzle' activity. In the beginning, our team were trying to build a numbering system that the puzzle boards can be put together very quickly. However, something was wrong in that system and we stuck there. We can complete the puzzle in a few minutes. However, we cannot even complete the puzzle using the numbering system we built. Why? We were struggling on finding out the problem, but couldn't. Finally, we threw out our old system and build the puzzle again from the very beginning. It was so amazing that we got our numbering system work soon after we rebuilt the puzzle.
The same situation may happen in our research. We may stuck at some point in the research and cannot find the way out. What I learned from the 'puzzle' activity is: if something doesn't work out, do not stuck there too long. Try to think the problem over from another angle. Some magic may happen to you that all the problems will suddenly go away.
Thank you PROMISE.
Then we worked diligently until dinner. By Saturday night, my brain was fried, so I went for a walk to the campfire and looked at the moon. It was just what I needed to clear my head. Then worked until 10:35pm. I got a lot a accomplished plus managed to catch up with my PROMISE friends. Thank you PROMISE.
This year’s Rocky Gap Dissertation Writing Retreat has been very rewarding. As I am in the writing stages of my dissertation, having the ability to work ‘non-stop’ on targeted goals to complete chapters provides me with a sense of accomplishment. Even though I could have set time aside to complete the tasks that I completed during the retreat, the prevalence of distracting people, potential procrastination, and at times paralyzing isolation would have been fighting against me accomplishing everything on my list. In addition to completing my task, I have the opportunity to meet with Dr. Carter, the dissertation coach, to give guidance and perspective to tasks that I intended to accomplish during the retreat and the development of goals to accomplish after I leave the retreat. Lastly, the ability to share with other students your joys and pains of working on your dissertation, along with the camaraderie of working in a room with other students typing to accomplish similar goals, could not be found at home or at school. I’m glad I pulled myself away from the lab and my dining room table/ writing table to attend the retreat this year.
Thanks a bunch all Promise Community members...
I received the confirmation email a day before moving!
finding lots of new friends, learning new skills for my PhD studying, doing several exciting out-door activities, and having lots food are some out standing points I'd like to mention them!
I hope Promise think on more similar programs, especially programs which are done by cooperation of other schools like this this one!
Being with lions was a great opportunity for me...
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