RTC has given me the opportunity to gather real world experience for a new career path.
Pros: great education received
Cons: great question, i am going to have to come back this one.
I was able to challenged myself on a daily basis. As a student I was proactively involved in the student government. I created and introduced the Sustainability Committee. This committee was responsible for researching the sustainability efforts of other U.S. colleges and implementing proposals or plans in order to shift general campus views on sustainable products and technology. I introduced agenda items such as kinetic energy tiles to operate the low-wattage needs around campus. Planting fruit trees and/or bushes around the campus that would not only benefit students but also create revenue streams for the culinary program. Vacuum trash receptacles to reduce the growing trash issues around campus. I was also a member of the Student Success Committee. As a member of this committee I introduced agenda items such as an online scholar-ship locator, student pantry for starving students, and off-site parking with shuttle bus transport to deal with the shortages of on campus parking. I held one of the two available student-seats on the Facilities Council. The Facilities Council dealt with budgets, labor-contracted work, five year planning, implementing visible technology and maintenance changes around campus.
By actively participating as a student, I have met and worked along side some talented individuals. From Students to instructors and other staff members. Interacting with all of these individuals on a daily basis has given me greater knowledge of real world problem solving. I continue to hold onto the mind-set that there are no problems, only solutions!
I have to say the – more... hardest part of being a pro-active student, at times, had to be coming to terms with the rejection of innovative ideas. Learning how to introduce new ways of thinking, without rocking the boat that is holding onto the traditional ways of doing things. It has reinforced that groups of people do not always see the same vision or way of getting there, but that there is an ability for compromises to be made that often lead to win/win solutions in the end, – less