It’s Friday and my last day at UCI. It’s been a great week and my hosts have been the best. Ever. Thanks to Mary Frances, Armando and Francisco for letting me interrupt their work, interrogate them and share their space. There are somethings that you can never learn without seeing and being at the coal face, and my eyes have been opened wide and my brain left ticking over. Thanks to Warren too for a really enlightening Skype session, I got a lot out of it and it was great to see and hear someone with so much passion for the project. And thanks to the students I met too – your insights were great and taught me a lot and I wish you all the best for your studies.
My overwhelming sense of the project is of it being a big positive for the school – on many different levels, some of them not as obvious as others. There have been ups and downs and a lot of blood, sweat and tears put in – and from where I’m standing I think it has paid off. As trailblazers you have done exceptionally well – so much so that the world looks to learn from you, so I think that’s a pretty strong endorsement of the work you’ve put in. Your ability to get this thing up and running in such a short amount of time and deal with the issues that have come thick and fast is a testament to your skill and tenacity – and if there is one thing to take home with me it is to take on that attitude when heading into our work at CSU.
I think the implementation of the iMedEd program has been a great catalyst at the school and I can see that it will bring about positive change for all involved. As a visual person I love to picture these abstract ideas as a tangible and recognisable image. The image I’ve got for the iMedEd program is one of a ship heading out on a great journey. It fully stocked, it has a great crew, a great captain and a great cargo (sorry that’s you students). And while everyone is on shore looking out over the sea, or still building their boats, your ship is already heading towards the horizon. No one really knows whats out there – but you’re ready to find out.
Good luck to you and bon voyage!