We are well on our way to creating an awesome community here at CIP Berkeley! We met with new freshman students as a group and showed them some of the previous student PowerPoints (PPTs) that they did for their Person-Centered Plans.
Some PPTs featured audio recordings of students reading text out loud, and it was great to hear the personal inflections when they described their goals and visions. Some students with gifts for music or voice were singing song clips into their PPT slides in lieu of background music, while yet another student included a video clip of herself announcing her candidacy for Student Government before a group of prospective voters.
We asked our new group of on-lookers to take active notes while viewing these PPTs so that they could begin to brainstorm ideas for their own Person-Centered Plans. The students were asked to write an essay that would capture what it feels like to be in the NOW of the moment, this new place, in this new city, with complete strangers, in the very first stages of self-actualization and empowerment. They were also asked to describe their emotions and take a verbal snap-shot of this experience.
Well, what I got back brought tears to my eyes! The depth of the experiences, the richness of the honesty and sharing, and the reality of their new life has kicked in. I thought I would share with you the cummulative thoughts shared by these essays, so that we all understand together the powerful and transformative experience unfolding right before our eyes as they grow and change at a rapid and astounding rate!