|Team: Grace, Maggie and Val|
Representing Spanish 232 and 332 at the Symposiums has taught us how to professionally present a concept to a group of people. Having to create materials and set up our space allowed us to prepare the information and ourselves. We learned the importance of combining points of information, personal reflections, and adding visual appeal. Beyond the creation and marketing of the presentations, we also got to practice networking.
Individuals would approach our table and ask us what the courses are about and the benefits they provide. In order to answer their questions in the best way possible, we really had to use our interpersonal communication skills. It was not the time to be shy! With a smile on our faces, we needed to be able to demonstrate the value that these courses have for their students and the community. IN a way we were "selling" Spanish 232 and 332. And many who approached our table had no idea these courses existed. However, after hearing our personal opinions and experiences, they often left saying that these courses sound wonderful. Some even thanked us for our work!
We were also lucky enough to speak with some of the other presenters at the symposiums and hear that they wanted to collaborate with us. A few examples of interested organizations included the Office of Volunteer Programs, a graduate student project on non-profit management, and local businesses that simply need some Spanish speakers. Making these connections with others and figuring out ways in which we could share ideas helped us practice our networking skills and taught us how useful they can be (especially now that we're all graduating). Overall, this was a very useful and helpful project to be involved in.