Teen Perspectives on OC Philosophy
Originally Published in the Summer 2021 issue of the Open Connections Magazine
The years spent at Open Connections are an incredible time of metamorphosis, of gradual transitioning from early childhood to young adulthood. Our community is privileged to be able to observe youth undergo this change over the years we spend together and we see core OC concepts and values wind up as integral parts of their fully realized young adult selves. We asked the members of our teens in Group Tutorial IV (GTIV) and Shaping Your Life (SYL) to reflect on how the OC philosophy has helped them develop the perspectives through which they experience the world. We hope you enjoy seeing the value of Open Connections through their eyes.
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by Seda, Shaping Your Life
Growing up at Open Connections (OC) has been an amazing experience. It has taught me many skills that I have been able to use in my life outside of OC. Using Balanced Responses in OC programs to give balanced feedback on the papers, projects, and presentations that my peers have created is one of them. When I started my classes at Delaware County Community College* (DCCC), there was a bunch of work that I had to do, but it was fun and very much worth it. In my second semester at DCCC, I decided that it would be exciting to take an English composition class. My expectations of the work that we would have to do were fairly accurate, much reading, and even more writing; however, we also had to give a lot of peer review and feedback on papers, questions, and observations made about the reading. The feedback was something that I felt comfortable with because of OC and even had an outline to go off of, so during that class, I used the balanced response format (at least 3 pluses and then possible improvements phrased as “How to…”) to give feedback to my peers in the class. It was great to be able to bring something that I learned at OC to another part of my life, at DCCC in my English class and other classes that I have taken since then.
*Many OC teens combine OC programs with also taking classes at local community colleges.
Artwork by Seda