First of all, I welcome all of you to my personal eFolio. You will find all of the aspects of my college life, plus the importance of what came before and what is coming after I graduate. One important note, my contact information is up to date, but if for any reason you cannot contact me using the information that is offered, then I offer my apologies, I could be between emails or phone numbers, and will update it as soon as possible. At Holy Cross College there are 4 pillars that help shape every student's experience, Service Learning, Global Perspective, Internship, and Capstone (Further descriptions of each pillar are located in the margins of this page). I will now discuss the 3 pillars that shaped my life before, during, and hopefully after my Holy Cross experience is finished.
Experience is the first of my personal pillars. It refers to the collection of all of the skills I have gained, not only at Holy Cross College, but throughout my life. Collecting and refining these skills is not, however, the most important thing to this pillar. It is knowing when and where to apply each skill. All of your skills and experiences are transferable given the right situation. For example, we all learned in preschool the importance of sharing with others and playing nice. These skill sets or experiences can be applied to the business environment. Knowing how to work in a team and tolerating others that you may not agree with are essential to accomplishing a task when put in a problem-solving team. These experiences, positive or negative, can be carried with you throughout your life to be utilized whenever they are needed to complete a problem or task.
This personal pillar refers to the different stages or points in your life where change is evident. The experiences you have at one stop on your journey can determine where your next point is going to take place. For example, when I was trying to figure out which high school I was going to attend after I graduated from grade school, I had no idea that the choice I made was ultimately going to push me in the direction I am currently traveling today. If I did not choose the high school I chose, I could be in a completely different location studying completely different subjects. Is it destiny? No, I do not believe it goes that far, but the places we are in our lives can shape where we are going in the future. The important aspect of "place" is trying to find what was the right place for you as an individual. You will not know, however, if the place you chose was the right one until it is time to move on to the next one. In summary, it is important to remember the places you have been and how they shaped where you are currently and where you are going in the future.
This is the third of my personal pillars and may be the most important. The legacy that you leave is felt by all. This statement refers to the lessons or accomplishments we leave behind that are felt by the people who come after you. This is felt on multiple levels. If you are on a sports team, it can be the transition from older players, when they graduate, to younger players who follow in their footsteps. The lessons that the older players have learned and the example they have set filters throughout the program and touches every member. The experiences that you leave behind when you travel to the next step in your journey are felt and can be utilized by the people who come after you. For example, if a boss has established a positive, efficient working environment, then after he or she leaves, the next employee who takes over the position may implement that same strategy because it had a positive effect on him. The reason this pillar may be the most important is because it does not only affect me but the people who come after me in a positive fashion.