What are my three biggest strengths? How do they fit into my day to day life in CTE Engineering and SLA as a community? Through this blog, I aim to look at that exact thing. I want to explore my three biggest strengths and how they tie into my day to day life at Science Leadership Academy. At Science Leadership Academy we are pushed to use these strengths to our advantage, and that shows through SLA’s CTE programs. Both Digital Video and Engineering explore unique and viable careers that students would like to go into. These three strengths that I have chosen all have something to do with how I interact with people and work at school. Through my classes such as CTE, these strengths have emerged for me.
Leadership is what I would say is a necessary strength at SLA and in the STEM fields. Leadership for me does not mean that you are always the person in the group that speaks up, organizes the ideas, and gathers everyone together. To me, leadership is the ability to take charge when it is necessary and to be able to concede to others when they take charge of a part of a project. Yes, I am able to take the lead, but also recognizing that splitting up work for the group would create a more polished project is a necessary skill in life when working with others. This creates an environment where everyone is able to do their best while creating a polished project that I am proud of. So when I think of leadership I think of the ability to recognize when your voice is necessary and when another person can help you get the job done. Leadership is the ability to take charge when necessary, not just the ability to take charge.
Creativity is something that is not only necessary at SLA, but it is also something that is necessary for life. I have been able to nurture this strength through my learning at SLA. CTE classes have given me the opportunity to think differently. In engineering, for example, we would be given a problem and then left to solve the problem somehow. Through the two years in this class, I have been able to learn how to think outside of the box to get to the correct answer in a correct and unique way. As a project-based school, this skill has helped me with the group projects that frequently arise in the curriculum. Using this skill to create creative projects, and solve problems that may arrive in the group, has become a necessity for success not only at SLA but in life.
Life is not only about solving group problems or stepping up when needed. One of the most important things in life is communication with other people. That is why I am using empathy as one of my three strengths. I need to be able to see how something is affecting somebody’s emotions because this can be very useful information. If you are not able to build relationships then you will get nowhere in life. Empathy is the ability to understand someone else's emotions and be able to share those emotions. I want to be able to connect with a person when I meet them. It is important to make an impression and with this skill, I can.
All three of these strengths lend to my success not only at SLA but in life as well. Life is a lot like a project-based school I believe. You have to learn how to get along with people. You must always know when to take charge and when to relinquish power to others. You must always know how to think outside of the box. A creative project stands out more than anything else. And finally, you must know how to communicate with others. Although most schools have standardized tests and memorization, I believe that SLA is much more like the real world. That is why I am so happy that the community has helped me nurture these strengths.