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Kelli Walsh Environmental Studies Winter 2012 May 2014 1.

From my work in the leisure services profession I hope to be the best leader I can possibly be. I want to be able to connect with others and share experiences that participants will remember for the rest of their lives. I want to be a leader that can motivate others and inspire them to do what makes them happy. Radiate positive vibes. 2. My current strengths as an Outdoor Recreation Leadership and Management major would be my natural leadership skills, my conscious of others, my people skills, and my knowledge of the material thus far. All of these skills will help me in the future for any career path. I have experience in the field with my stewardship course, NOLS course, and many personal trips. From these trips and courses I have gained skills that will add to my strengths in the long run. 3. My weakness is not getting enough experience as a leader in the field. The stewardship course gave me a taste of how it can be and my NOLS trip got me more comfortable in leading. I feel if we had more opportunities to lead groups I would feel even more confident and be a more efficient leader. 4. I would like to be more directive and assertive I can be too laid back at times when I need to be more of a leader. Being able to balance out all four types of leadership styles would be a great improvement. 5. A. Critical/analytical thinking Good (Stayed the same) – Critical thinking was experienced in all of my classes I have ever taken in college. Most classes have either small group or class discussions, big papers to write, projects to make and present, reading to do, or test to take. Each class has its own experience but I have used critical thinking in each. B. Clear reasoning/understanding in each of the following:

1. Logical Good (Stayed the same) – Logic is used throughout our daily lives. It’s important to have knowledge and be able to work off that knowledge to provide more in life. My PL 180 class was very logic based and made you think more about ethical wrongs or rights. The class made you think more independently since everyone in the class had very different views. 2. Mathematical Good (Stayed the same) – Math is something I actually understand better than most. I take it on as a puzzle trying to find that last ending piece. One of my favorite math courses was my MA 171 statistics class. The professor made it very easy to understand and I actually liked going to class and taking the test because I thought it was actually fun to solve the puzzle. 3. Scientific Good (Stayed the same) – In my soils class I took in the summer of 2013 I learned a lot about the soils of Marquette. I have used that knowledge of the different soil groups while I go on hikes or around in the woods. I can now tell whether a soil is rich in calcium and iron or if it is rich in minerals. 4. Analogical Good (Stayed the same) – From my English classes I’ve experienced how to write and speak analogically. 5. Metaphorical Good (Stayed the same) – English classes again have given me experiences in metaphorical reasoning within papers or speeches. C. Creative thinking

Good (Stayed the same) – All of the ORLM classes I have taken have made me think critical. Each class has had discussions that has enabled us to think critically to each other as classmates and as well as to our professors. D. Programming Good (Improved) – I understand what goes through a programming system and feel confident enough that if I were given the task to develop one that I could. Having to come up with a program for the program design class was hard and stressful but it was fun to actually implement and see how all our hard work paid off. We made a program for Mill Creek assisted living center. We had three different stations for the participants to try out. One was a planting station, one was a trivia station, and one was live music. We also gave away raffle prizes from Donckers. E. Risk Management Good (Improved) – Having gone through wilderness first responder class I learned a lot of useful information and skills that could help in the future. While on my NOLS course during our independent student expedition one of the girls in my group cut her finger pretty deep with a knife. I knew exactly what to do and it ended up not getting infected and started healing. F. Interpretation Good (Improved) – From all the interpretation classes that I’ve taken so far I have become a much more confident speaker and presenter. I’ve learned to relate the material to the audience and use metaphors and analogies to keep the crowd interested. I now make sure that if I do any presentations that they have some interpretation in them so that the audience is drawn in more. G. Preparation of lessons Good (Stayed the same) – I’ve learned from my RE 261 class how to prepare a lesson. I learned about the goals and objectives of a lesson and how to make a theme. I learned ToVOT (To, verb, object, time) and ABCD (Audience, Behavior, Condition, Degree) to

develop goals in an efficient way. From this class I have used these skills for other classes like RE 362, 381, and 382. H. Presentation of lessons Good (Stayed the same) – From RE 261 I also learned how to properly present lessons to a group. I have become a more confident speaker, being in front of a crowd doesn’t intimidate me as much as it did before taking any of these classes. I. Planning Adventure Experiences Good (Improved) – On my NOLS trip I was one of the leaders for the independent student expedition and had to plan the four days we would be separated. I had to figure out where we would be camping, what route we would take, and make the RAD plans for all four days. J. Leading Adventure Experiences Good (Improved) – From my Stewardship and NOLS course I have become much more comfortable with being in front of people and leading them. 6. Leadership and self-deception getting out of the box. (2000). San Francisco: Berrett-Koehler.  I just read this book recently and it really opened my eyes more to myself and others and our interactions. I think if I try and apply the principles that I learned in this book toward my future career that it would be a positive experience. Nachmanovitch, S. (1990). Free play: improvisation in life and art. Los Angeles: J.P. Tarcher, Inc. ;.  Free Play was just an eye opening read. I never really considered music, literature, dance, or art as leisure but this book goes into great detail about that and many more aspects of leisure that I would never really think about. I will definitely reread this book at some point in my life. Palmer, P. J. (1998). The courage to teach: exploring the inner landscape of a teacher's life. San Francisco, Calif.: Jossey-Bass.  This book had many inspiring statements about life that I agree with and follow. Everyone should follow their path to their own success. This book also is about education

and how the education system is corrupt and needs to be changed for the good of the future of the children. 8. Vella, E., Milligan, B., & Bennett, L. (2013). Participation in outdoor recreation program predicts improved psychosocial well-being among veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder: A pilot study. Military Medicine, 178, 254-260.  This study researches the post-traumatic stress disorder in veterans before and after engaging in leisure services. Henderson, K. A., Hodges, S., & Kivel, B. D. (2002). Context and dialogue in research on women and leisure. Journal of Leisure Research, 34(3), 253+. Retrieved from http://go.galegroup.com/ps/i.do?id=GALE%7CA90683839&v=2.1&u=lom_nmichu&it=r&p=A ONE&sw=w&asid=2361ec0d6de728389a0ad5d0e080ccc6  The purpose of this journal was to extend the past integrative reviews about women's leisure to include emerging research trends and outcomes.