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 Caroline, Shaping Your Life
One of my favorite aspects of OC is the emphasis on the process of a project rather than just the end result. It really helps me to have a more in-depth understanding of a problem and to value the brainstorming and problem solving process. Earlier this year, SYL members needed to move slabs of a tree trunk down to near the tree platform [dreamed, designed and built by the SYL members over the last 3 years]. While doing this, we wanted to find out just how much the actual stump of the tree weighed. Since we couldn’t exactly use a scale on something stuck in the ground, we had to get creative and spent the morning discussing what types of math we would need to use to figure out the solution. There were so many steps like measuring the tree stump, finding the density of the specific type of wood and then applying different equations to that data. It was so fun to start from zero and end up with a solution for a math problem we were having to make ourselves. Everybody in our group had different knowledge and ended up being able to contribute something different to the problem. I feel like I learned so much that day and we had so many “aha!” type moments which were really satisfying. I really love those moments where everyone in our group (facilitators included!) gives their all into figuring something out and I think those will always be some of my favorite times with SYL!