What Were Some Things That Found Out About Myself That I Didn’t Know? And What Were Some Skills I Developed During My Project?

When I began working on this project, I really didn’t know where it was going to go. I picked a topic- environmental protection- that I never really got involved with. So going in, I expected to learn about a lot of new aspects of me that I didn’t know. And I did! I had never worked with a partner in such a large scale project, and I started to uncover my limitations and skills when working with a partner.
At first I thought it was not going to work: My lack of experience often left me there scratching my butt, waiting for orders or to figure out how to proceed. I learned that I have a real problem with taking initiative, and it shaped up to be a major obstacle in between my partner and I. The new environment and situation left me out of my comfort zone, to figure it out on my own. I got really discouraged, thinking I didn’t have what it takes to be successful.

And that’s where I had to learn new skills! After a pretty catastrophic start, I started to understand how to bring my own ideas to the table and influence the project more. My teamwork skills grew exponentially, now finally acting like the “Co-Leader” that I was, instead of an employee. I decided, without pressure from external parties, to walk all the way to the Mangrove and check our nursery; clean the plants and take pictures. I learned how to act on my own. It was a new experience for me, I’ve always taken the backseat whenever I had to do anything, really. That, for sure, is a skill that will help me for the rest of my life.

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