When I first transferred, my intention was to graduate as quickly as I could, then move on to my travels. But nine months into my education at Naropa, I realized that I needed to take advantage of this college experience as much as possible. I've stretched my stay here as long as I could.
These information journeys known to the online community as "Wikipedia sprees." You begin by searching Wikipedia.org for a subject you find fascinating, you then read all about it and, finally, you click a link to a related topic. Repeat.
Join the Peace Corps. That has been my plan from the beginning. I've known that I wanted to travel and that I wanted to somehow be of service to the world. At Naropa, however, I have learned that being of service, while beautifully simple, can be challenging. I am acquiring a wisdom of service to know how to truly help people and not just get in the way.
My friends. My teachers. An environment which provides me with support and inspiration. I don't think I had a clear understanding of what inspiration was before I came to Naropa. Inspiration in education is seeing something in another person?a teacher or a peer?that you want for yourself. I think, "I want to learn what they've learned." At Naropa, I think this to myself all the time, especially with regards to teachers. I'll miss this.
I keep my classes on the scientific side of the western-eastern divide. It?s okay that "Psychology of the Five Elements" doesn?t attract me?that doesn't mean I can't love Naropa. It?s okay that I looked forward to taking Cognitive Psych with its neuroscience brain-centric approach.
What do you do when a friend turns to you for support? "How can I help?" Not all of us have the intuitive ability to be of real aid to someone in distress. But I feel extremely confident now in how I work with someone in need, even if I barely know them. Naropa has changed how I -listen- to people. Naropa has helped me learn to connect.
My favorite Naropa experience was in my Gestalt class when I got emotionally cracked wide open. I'd never known that something as simple as sitting in the middle of a circle and talking could be so powerful.