Eminent Library Trip

I frankly came into this trip expecting to achieve next to nothing. This way, it’s nearly impossible to be disappointed with the results, no matter how bad they may be. Out of the four suggested categories of what we may want to get out of the trip, I decided to go with inspiration and bonding, however I would have been fine with only achieving one of them.

I doubted that SFU would carry books on Bill Nye, and I was half right. They did indeed carry three different books about Bill Nye, however they were all about a man that died sometime in 1930. I had high hopes for the book entitled “Bill Nye’s western humor”, but it turns out that book was also about our grave bound friend. Was there any relation between the modern day TV host and the pile o’ bones Bill?

I have no clue
As far as experience on a University campus goes, I wasn’t really in search of that either. This is because I live around a thirty minute walk away from the place, and I’ve already done multiple activities up there, ranging from leadership courses to diving. I didn’t have high hopes for finding anything new and exciting from our brief stay on campus.

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This left me with inspiration and peer bonding. Strangely enough, I found both of these in abundance, and in the same places. It was not the museum, tour or library that inspired me, but rather it was an all you can eat buffet and a trip on the big yellow sardine can. Many would be able to see how those promote bonding, but for an eminent person study they seem about as inspiring as a thesis on bricks. However, I found them inspiring in a way that I would not have expected. These two event created the theme of my trip: Fun. Although this is EXACTLY what we were told the trip was not meant to be about, I found my inspiration through fun.

By embarking on a project based trips, you associate your experiences on the trip with the project. For example’ If I were to be abducted by extra-terrestrials on the trip, I would then associate the eminent person project with alien abductions and human experimentation. i would longer enjoy the project, rather I would want to stay away from it. However, if I got to drive rally cars on the trip, I would associate the eminent person project with rally cars,, and I would very much so want to do the project again. This is why I found my fun experiences to be important, since they will influence how I think about the project. So what were these fun experiences?

First off would be the ride on the school bus, where we played charades and talked about “boy things”. Did I bond with peers? Yes. Was it fun? Certainly. Was it inspiring? Of course it was, I just spent the last quarter of this post explaining why having fun was inspiring.

Next is the Indian buffet, where i ate as much naan bread in one sitting as an actual Indian family of four would eat in a few days. This, to me, was blissfully fun. Next to me there was also an ancient ritual of testosterone pumped males known as an “eating contest”, which was also quite fun to watch. The meal also involved peer bonding, allowing me to check off both inspiration and bonding from the to do list.

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Throughout this trip, I think I learned next to nothing. Nothing that I expected to learn about at least. I cam prepared to rigorously study facts about a quirky scientist, but instead I became educated in what I think is even more important. I learned how these experiences can truly change someone’s perspective. For me, that is making the eminent person study seem more interesting, and more fun. This will strongly influence my eminent person study, as I will now be much more willing to dive deep into it, since I now associate it with positive things. I also learned more about some of my new classmates, and a bit more about some I had known from previous schools.

But most importantly, I learned to check the weather forecast before embarking on a partially outdoor trip.

One thought on “Eminent Library Trip”

  1. Hi Aidan,

    Thanks for this summary of your day at SFU. I think you managed quite deftly to make your campus visit and research venture meet your needs and expectations as a learner, which is/was the underlying purpose of the trip.

    However, I wouldn’t characterize the results of your trip as ‘nothing,’ or ‘next to nothing’ (this would be a shame, as several people contributed significant time and efforts to arrange the outing for you and your classmates); nor was “fun” prohibited or in any way outside the expectations of the trip or its corresponding assignment. What I was after in prompting you to set out on the trip with specified learning intentions is to give you each the opportunity to construct your own expectations and aims for the day: fun and bonding with peers were each examples I used specifically as possibilities for the day’s goals. What was raised as a negative focus for the trip was embarking on it without a focus.

    That said, if I could be more clear in outlining future assignments, don’t hesitate to let me know!

    To extend your thinking, however, I’d like to challenge your opening premise as you set out on your grade ten learning:

    “I frankly came into this trip expecting to achieve next to nothing. This way, it’s nearly impossible to be disappointed with the results, no matter how bad they may be.”

    While this may be an effective means of preserving one’s pride in the event of what may seem like eventual failure, true success and growth comes in challenging ourselves to achieve something we may only hope is a possibility for us. Bill Nye’s popularity, success and eminence is surely not the result of believing anything is acceptable so long as the appropriate boxes on his to-do lists are checked. Rather, I would venture to say that much of his environmental advocacy, and (increasingly) outspoken defense of science in school curriculum and other branches of public policy is rooted in a resolute sense of his own values and ambition to see them adopted by wider society, even if in the end they won’t be.

    With regards to our library adventure, fun and bonding are relatively easily attained, while a goal like ‘inspiration’ is more difficult to pin down, I think. But it is in this way that it offers more potential. Having now gone on the trip and concluded some initial thinking about your day, I would be interested to inquire as to the type of inspiration that the trip left you with. I can understand the role that a desire to have fun played in shaping the trip as it unfolded for you: but beyond that, what are you left feeling inspired to achieve as a result of having attended? How will your newfound/reaffirmed bonds with your peers carry forward in your personal (and our collective) learning during eminent, and beyond?

    Thanks again for sharing your thoughts and learning throughout the day, and for considering these questions to extend your thinking and learning.

    Enjoy your Sunday,

    Mr. J

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