Final Thoughts on the Fellowship

Prior to the digital Haller Global Honors Fellowship, I honestly went into it not knowing what to expect. I figured it would be a fairly entertaining and interesting experience before school and that it would be good to practice learning via Zoom as well as practice writing a college-level assignment. After all, what else was I going to do that would not have jeopardized me staying healthy for the start of the semester? However, the fellowship has greatly exceeded my expectations and was a great experience for me to meet great fellows and faculty. Meeting Pitt Business alumni who are doing great things in the real world, while using the business skills and connections that they obtained during college, was definitely the best part for me; they were living proof that it is possible to can solve problems, have a good life, and change lives for the better through business. This experience was also very helpful in that it will be a nice transition into the fall semester, where many classes could potentially be on Zoom or Teams instead of in-person. The academic practice of writing/presenting a report for Gerry was a really great exercise in providing quality analysis based on one’s own research. I also was in charge of making the slideshow, which was another thing that I had not really been asked to do all summer. In reality, the “roles” that the fellow members of my team (Noah and Price) and I had sort of meshed together into one, as we helped each other on our deliverables and did most of our own parts in the slideshow. Projects like this one weren’t done that often in high school very often and even when they were they did not have any real-world applications that helped real people in the community. Having the goal of someone else being reliant on my work helping was a type of motivation that I seldom felt before when doing projects, and it was far more powerful than any grade. One thing I still need to work on during the fall semester, which was a self-inflicted challenge during this program, is to concentrate more: some days I would too easily get distracted by other things rather than focusing on my work, which ended up being a detriment. I believe that the most important transferable skill from this program I honed is the ability to compile and summarize research from a large quantity of resources. I just have a feeling that I will have to do something of that nature often in my college career and in life. The most challenging part of the whole project was towards the end, when there were some inconsistencies in our development plans and other deliverables which led to us rethinking some parts of our project. I would say that it worked out in the end, though, and I have to thank my team mates as I could not have done this without them. All in all, the whole thing proved to be worth it when I saw that Gerry and Gobnait appreciated our work and I knew that we had done something meaningful. I hope Kendlebell finds success regardless of whether or not they take our advice!