First things first, I cannot believe this Regenerative Studies class has come to an end! Although the class has come to an end, I can boldly say that there is so much learning about regenerative systems that has not come to an end. Reflecting back on this quarter, I came into the class not really knowing what to expect, but as I continued to attend the class on Mondays and Wednesdays, my mindset began to be challenged and changed due to the content being taught by our great professor Yuhasz. When the number line was drawn at every class for the first weeks of class( and various other ones following after that), I was slightly annoyed because my mind did not want to accept the fact that all along I had been thinking in a degenerative way, but that is where my mind began to shift its linear way of thinking.
The group discussions in class, the Salons and all the interactions with my peers really widened my perspective on learning about experiences and interesting points of views that others have on approaching sustainability. I truly wish I could have made it to more Salons because they were so interesting! One specific Salon that I recall is when our group spoke about how to implement a systems way of thinking into our careers and how we would do that. Specifically for me, I got to share how in the educational system there is a view that only the teacher teaches, but a systems way of thinking would be that we are ALL learners. In reality, a person can l earn so much from children. They are very intelligent at such a young age and they give a different intriguing perspective on things( not just because of their height, but their mentality. haha). I was very grateful to have had many of the walls that I had built in my mind broken down with the concepts of rethinking everything about linear and systems approaches. At the beginning of the quarter the professor made a comment about being able to identify linear and systems ways of thinking about everything by the end of the quarter. I was not able to fully grasp what he meant then, but I now can understand his comment because it has become true in my life.
If i can be completely honest, blog posting was so tedious, BUT, they always pushed me to reflect and learn so much! Furthermore, when each student had to make a decision of either taking the final exam or presenting on a topic, I was blown away at the way I was able to identify my linear way of thinking in the topic that I originally wanted to present. I always wanted to go out into the world to provide “great” education for the children who do not have access to “good” education in impoverished countries, but I stopped and realized that this was making me think in a “white savior” way. If I had not taken this class, I do not think I would have ever been able to rethink all things to become more of a systems thinker. I am truly grateful for professor Yuhasz who walked along side us in helping us rethink all things by introducing concepts that we will never forget because they directly apply to all aspects of life. As I graduate tomorrow, I will definitely take all the nuggets of wisdom that were shared with me through this class.
The entire class was a highlight!
The sun is just rising, and there’s much more to come!