Thursday, June 25, 2015

Room for Improvement

The one thing that I've learned in life is that there is always room for improvement. If I miss getting a ball during a soccer game, there is always room for improvement. If I write an essay for English, there is always room for improvement. If I ever fail a test, there is always room for improvement. 

On Monday, we had our first "pop" quiz. I thought I was going to do great. I had a lot of confidence in myself. But sadly when I got my graded test it wasn't the score I was hoping for. As I stared at the paper, I saw that I missed two questions, measuring up to three point taken away from each. As I sat there staring at my failure, it wasn't hard for me to lose the confidence that I once strongly gripped in the palms of my hands. 

That day I went back to my dorms feeling so unaccomplished and disappointed in myself. I knew that I would have to study a lot more and not loose site of my goals. I had to remember that fact that there is always room for improvement no matter what. That was what motivated me to study carefully and with a lot more motivation. 

Today in class we had another "pop" quiz today. As I sat there impatiently waiting for the test paper to get around, I began to repeat all the important concepts in my head. I wasn't going to fail this time. I was going to pass. I got the quiz and began to go through it. I was sure to check my answers at like 3 times before the teacher yanked it out of my hands. I knew I did better but I also feared the idea that I may have not.

After the quiz, the class split up once more. My section of the class went into the computer lab with Mr. Mark McCarthy to work with another Microsoft application, which was Microsoft PowerPoint. Like Microsoft Word, I was amazed by how mediocre my skills were all along. I learned how to change unfavorable traits in a theme for a PowerPoint. In addition, new animation functions. By the end of this course, I will be, what some may say, tech-savvy. 

Later we went back the the main lecture room and got a lecture from Mrs. Reneta McCarthy. In the lecture we learned about the key important aspects in working in a team. I think what this made me realize was the reality that trust in a team, comes after setting a common goal with mutual respect. I believe that its true because sometimes even with the most trusted people, teamwork work doesn't come easy. 

After lunch we regrouped to the main lecture room. To my surprise the professors already had the quizzes corrected. I was so anxious to get my test score back. I thought in my head, "what if I did worse?" and "do I really want to see my score?" While all these thoughts compiled in my head, I got my test back. I turned it around and instantly I began to smile. I missed one on my quiz! Only one! Of course there is always room for improvement, but I couldn't help but be so happy. I regained my confidence for the course. I knew that if I carry on the same motivation for the rest of the course I will be reach my goals.
If I improve each and every day, I know that it will get me closer to my goals. Hopefully next time, my motivation leads me to success again!


  1. We used to offer the HM cohort tutorials to help them master Office before they got to their class. Overwhelmingly what we heard was that ALL of our Hotelies were already experts with Office and there was nothing more for them to learn. And guess what? Every single one told a similar story to what you wrote here about how there was a lot more to learn. Even as much of an expert as I am--and stop your laughing--I know that Microsoft put all of those buttons up there for a reason but I can;t figure out what they do.

    With the tutorials, we can’t force any of you to sit down and listen to us--especially with your busy schedules and a failure to find a day and time to make it happen. Our ILCers have to want to learn and be receptive or the tutorials will fail.

  2. The functions on the toolbar on the Microsoft Word and PowerPoint are really interesting. I think its the realization for students that interests them. The idea that "Hey, using this function actually makes this process a lot easier!" I definitely am glad I took this course because it does explore the technological aspects of being in the business field. Most importantly I can use those functions to help my future schoolwork teammates and I out when there is a project dealing with either one of Microsoft Application.