One of the most rewarding experiences of life is helping someone else – especially if the person wants to be helped. At some point, I signed up to teach a neuroscience seminar to a group of high school students through a local program. I was only give the parameter of making the neuroscience engaging and helpful. I decided to chose a topic on the minds of many young people: how to be brave?
This artifact taught me a great deal about flow and purpose. Due to the explorative nature of science, there are often many tangents that a individual can explore. But, this is not possible in a science presentation. The topic needs to be concise, but also informative enough to leave the audience feeling satisfied and smarter. Additionally, I learned the importance of impact by allowing certain key ideas to stand on their own slides.
Going forward, I want to continue to apply this impact mentality to my work. Impact is fundamental to making social and political change happen; this is especially important given the nature of certain issues like Earth’s current climate and extinction crisis.
If I were to do this artifact again, I would probably add more on the concluding thought about work and practice. It might not have been very helpful to introduce a entirely new idea at the very end of a presentation, even if the new idea was meant to leave the reader something to ponder.