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Getting Ready: Preparation for Summer Work

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Posted: April 8, 2016

Summer is getting closer every week, and the SSCEP program is preparing us with the skills needed to serve our community at a high level.

As I was sitting in class in January, I really had no idea what I was getting myself into. I had never taken a CED course prior to this one, and I was worried that I wouldn't have the same skill set that my peers had when it came to community work. Yeah, I had a science background, but it seemed that CED required an entirely different mindset--one that I didn't have. 

As the semester began to wear on, I quickly adapted and developed skills that I felt were previously lacking. I'd previously never learned to write grants. I've never learned how to facilitate a meeting. However, with the SSCEP program and the instructors, I quickly was able to adapt and thrive in this type of academic work. I became especially interested in the policy implications of my work, as the focus of the work this summer will be based around agriculture and public heath policy. Initial worry has turned into excitement--I can't express how excited I am to finally be able to take the work that I've done in the class room and use it in a professional manner. Not many college programs give that opportunity, and I'm excited that I got to participate in the pilot run of the program. I know future students will have the same feelings that I do about it, and I can't wait to hear about next year's SSCEP cohort. 

Until next time!

Aaron