February 3, 2015 - cl3418a
Recently, the Honors 2018 community completed an activity in which we ranked a set of values. Although it was a very difficult task, I finally settled on an order. Among my top five values were compassion, responsibility, helping, spiritual growth, and family. As I began to discuss values with other students, it became very clear to me that our prioritized values truly determine a lot about who we are. By listening to other perspectives, I began to more deeply understand my classmates. It made me realize that, while working in a team, it could be important to know my teammate’s values. Values indicate purpose and how best to collaborate with someone. When collaborating with others to solve a problem, I must acknowledge my prioritization of innovative and creative ideas, an optimistic and dedicated attitude, and a way of connecting the issue to a greater purpose (given definition of Spiritual Growth). Additionally, I like being able to connect people to whatever I’m working on. I want to know how I can help. In my mind, life is only meaningful when I can help others. While solving a problem with a group, they should be aware of how much I value compassion and helping. To me, it would be unacceptable to put these values behind most others. My values of innovation and responsibility would also be helpful for teammates to know of, as they define my work ethic. Spiritual growth and family could take slightly more of a back seat. These mostly apply to my personal life, so it would not matter so much to me to do so.