February 2016

This is a reflection I’ve written for the Family, School, and Neighborhood Engagement Scholars I work with. Read my introduction to these here.

Prompt

  • Think about our discussion and worksheets on values. Were you surprised at all? Do you believe the worksheet didn’t quite get it right, or does it fall in line with your idea of yourself? Do you see how your values play into your life? Feel free to share anything related to values.
  • Think about your digital story. Do you have an idea of what it will look like? Is there anything you need to know in order to complete it? What do you think will help you complete it without stress?

Response

Part A

The way we structured the training sessions, the fall (for the most part) focused on learning about the office and social issues. For the spring semester, Starla and I decided to focus more on the students.

Our February training was on values, and I led the scholars through a couple of values inventories.

The first one was called Choices and Values: What’s Important to Me? and the second one was called the Life Values Inventory.

I took them both in advance of the training, and I’ve done Choices and Values in the past.

In terms of how I scored, my scores for my original Choices and Values and for the most recent one were almost identical.photo 1 (4)

According to this inventory, I value:

  • Altruism, Compassion, Fairness, and Justice
  • Emotional Well-Being and Stability
  • Education, Intelligence, and Wisdom
  • Artistic Appreciation
  • Family, Love, and Emotional Security.

I definitely wasn’t surprised with the results, since they nearly matched my previous one. I can see connections between them. Family, Love, and Emotional Security are tied to Emotional Well-Being and Stability. To achieve those feelings, I strive to educate myself and use art as a coping mechanism.

Altruism, Compassion, Fairness, and Justice are things I connect with deeply. Witnessing unfair or unjust actions get me so fired up that I sometimes have a hard time focusing until I can take a breather and figure out what I can do to help remedy the injustices.

I’m an extremely empathetic person, and I believe that the most progress is made when people are compassionate.

These values are the ones that drive my “big” choices: my career, my family life, my free time. For example, I chose library and information science because I feel it’s a career where I can help contribute to fixing some of our larger societal issues.

The second inventory was new to me, but I feel it gave an accurate representation of me in terms of my more subconscious decisions.

My top scores were Achievement, Belonging, Concern for Others, and Responsibility.

Some of these obviously connect to the other inventory, but I feel like these points drive me every day even when I don’t realize it.

My need to belong drives me from when I get up in the morning. It drives my choices as to what I wear and what I say. This is one that I’m working on. I want to belong, but I want to be happy in my own skin at the same time.

I often put the needs and wants of others ahead of myself, but helping others, even in a small way, satisfies me.

Achievement to me means feeling like I’ve learned something and that I’ve accomplished something. It doesn’t have to be big, but I want to feel like what I’m doing matters.

Responsibility ties in with Concern for Others and feeds into me feeling like a grandma a lot. However, being trustworthy and dependable are extremely important (and I can even see how being responsible contributes to me feeling like I belong…).

Part B

I don’t have a lot done towards my digital story, but I do have an idea of how I want it to go. Since I’ve already made two, I feel confident of my ability to make another alongside the scholars.

I think that I just need to take several hours to buckle down and get it done, and that will be the least-stressful way to get it done.


Thanks for taking the time to read through this reflection on values!