Weekly Report 17
The Research Showcase is right around the corner and, naturally, every ISM student is preparing for it as best they can. I assumed the process would be as time consuming and difficult as last year, but this was not the case. Instead, I found the days leading up to the showcase to be fairly stress free. That is how most of the year has been for me; a slow climb up a few steps. Compared to last year’s slow crawl up a mountain, I have not struggles nearly as much. Of course, the year has not been easy; nevertheless, it has not been difficult either.
The reasoning for this is pretty simple; I have already experienced the course, so the challenges it provides are not unexpected. I know how to solve most of the issues provided by the course. Being able to complete most tasks of ISM adequately allows me to focus on other parts I enjoy more. For example, I can focus more on mentor visits instead of my assessments because I already can write them fairly well. In theory, the quality of all my work should be either the same as last year or better. The only thing that can prevent this is laziness. This overconfidence can make most tasks seem unappealing, which could lead to worse work ethic.
I need to make sure I do not fall into this trap. It is vital that I still continue to strive for improvement; I need to do my absolute best regardless of how easy or difficult the challenge is. This will ensure progress in my work and encourage more development.