2011 Hostos Leadership Team
Our Voices, Our Talents, Our Stories
We organized a number of ASAP students and a talented mural artist Carlos Mateu to help us in the process of creating a canvas that represents how students feel about Hostos. We planned a set of brainstorming sessions with our fellow ASAP students to identify the theme of the canvas. We also planned a set of painting workshops to get our peers involved with the actual process of creating this piece of art. Finally we organized an unveiling event to expose our wonderful piece of art to the college community. The event included performances by ASAP students, who shared their talents with the community.
2011 Hostos Leadership Team
Judy Benitez, Manuel Mercedes, Gretcher Hernandez, Daniela Boykin (Advisor)
What did you learn from the process of planning and executing your team project?
We as a group learned a diverse number of skills that will definitely help us in our professional careers. By planning and executing this project we developed skills related to human relationships, leadership, coming up with ideas and plan b’s, and working as a team. Also we learned how to deal with deadlines, to plan ahead, and to use available resources to develop new strategies. And finally we learned how to network among the staff at our college and how to use them as resources.
What was your favorite part of working on your team project?
Judy: My favorite part was the painting session, because I got to socialize with people I didn’t know and that increased my network.
Gretcher: My favorite part was when we gathered ASAP students together to discuss the ideas that they wanted us to reflect in the painting. It was really significant and meaningful for the success of the project.
Manuel: My favorite part of this entire process was in the painting workshops when I saw the students genuinely putting 100% of their effort to have the mural ready and having them signing their names on the canvas.
What’s been your favorite thing about being in the ASAP Leadership Program?
Gretcher: Sharing great ideas with my peers and being able to resolve conflicts.
Manuel: Learning that I can do whatever I set out to do, and also how to manage the stress of dealing with a project on a tight timeline and organizing an event for other people.
Judy: Getting to know my team members and learning from them--and also the fact that I started to overcome my longstanding fear of public speaking.
Do you think your team reached its goals in planning and executing your project?
Yes, we definitely met our expectations and accomplished our goal, which was to share a good time with the students and have something significant for them.
What impact has the ASAP Leadership Program had on you as a student and as a person?
Gretcher: This program built in me more responsibility and maturity. I feel proud of myself after having a semester full of responsibilities that I carried out properly.
Manuel: This program made me realize that working in a group requires not just that you do your part of the work, but also that you support your teammates and take them into consideration when a decision is made; also it made me realize that public speaking is not something to be afraid of and that to plan an event is more work than it appears at first sight.
Judy: This program taught me how we can accomplish what we want, personally and as a student, as long as we know how to get organized.
Were there any parts of your project that didn’t go as planned? If so, how did you deal with the unexpected or difficult moments, and did you learn anything from them?
Yes, we dealt with the problems by having meetings and brainstorming with our facilitator and the ASAP staff, who helped us to work around the problems. For us, something that we got out of this experience is: keep good relations with the people that helped you, because they can become valuable resources in the future.
How will you apply the lessons or skills you’ve learned through participating in this experience—in the classroom, in your career, and/or in your life in general?
Gretcher: In my career I will apply the lessons and skills that I learned every day--through public speaking, patience, brainstorming, and working well in groups.
Manuel: I think I will be able to use my new human relations skills in my daily life as a tool for me to expand my network. Also I will use the sense of responsibility that I have acquired throughout this project to increase my performance in the classroom.
Judy: I will be applying the lessons I learned by getting organized. I've learned that basically everything has to do with organization and availability.