Wisdom Earned in Selection, Learning through Action
End-of-Cycle Presentation of NTU Leadership Development Program By Cycle 2 Students
Sung-Tsan Yeh, a junior from Dept. of Anthropology, is in charge of the preparation. “A presentation is nothing but an end in form, to display what we have learned, seen, and experienced through this 2-year training. In reality, we will be able to truly fulfill our potentials in serving the society from the day we graduate from this program,” said Yeh.
Wisdom in Selection
In LDP, students have to make decisions at all times. Decisions cannot only be tangible as themes for projects, schedules, and degrees of execution, but also be intangible as time and energy devoted outside the course. The tangible parts can be settled through constant communication, while the intangible ones are resolved by self-evaluation. Through various activities, Students have practiced to assess the SWOT (Strength, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats) of different conditions as well as resources, so as to make strategic planning. This process has also strengthened their courage in decision-making and analytical thinking.
Before their expedition to the Himalayas last year, the Cycle 2 students had come up with an idea of biking in Europe and making exhibitions along the way to promote Taiwan. In order to carry this plan out, the team proposed the itineraries and budgets, and tried raising funds from the society. In short, they fully demonstrated their will and power in achieving this goal. Although the volcanic eruption in Iceland had temporarily stopped them from going to Europe, they still insisted on accomplishing the plan. However, this plan failed in the end due to insufficient time for a full and detailed preparation. Fortunately, the Cycle 2 team has learned a lesson from this experience—about how to take the other path at the right moment.
Cheng-Han Wu, a senior from Dept. of Electrical Engineering and meanwhile leader of the Europe Project, said, “It was a pity to give up. However this process has made us grow. At least we have learned to accept the reality due to some practical considerations.” Wei-Hao Lin, a junior from Dept. of Chinese Literatures, also mentioned, “The difficult part does not lie in giving up a project but in giving up our passion for it.” “We did not fail. We just made a choice of letting go,” claimed Pei-wen Chien from Dept. of Economics.
Learning through Action
Projects require action and execution, which, however, is usually of no concrete example to follow. “Most of the time I don’t know how to do. But I can make it eventually once I start,” said Chih-Yuan Lin from Dept. of Engineering Science and Ocean Engineering. Chia-Jung Yu from Dept. of Agricultural Economics added, “The ideas of the projects are very creative. So the only way is to learn by doing, which is quite different from working on projects in the school clubs.”
Many Cycle 2 students had never made a project proposal, gone for fund-raising, tidied up meeting minutes or written a report before joining LDP. Nevertheless, they’ve become experienced after several first trials. Countless meetings have strengthened their skills in communication, while activities have enhanced their abilities to integrate resources. Hao-jie Chang, a senior Dentistry student said, “Everyone should decide for themselves how much they want to be involved. As you sow, so shall you reap. I’m convinced that only those who are willing to devote will obtain valuable experiences.”
A Stage to Learn
Yu-Ting Gao, a senior from Dept. of Politics, said, “What I own are not only chances to cooperate with classmates but also valuable experiences to work with companies and NGOs.” Through various projects, students extend their experience beyond the classroom and connect themselves to the society. For instance, “Citizen Congress Watch” was a project calling on students’ participation in supervising the Congress. Sue Su, a senior from Dept. of Finance, explained, “The projects in LDP have provided us with room for thoughts and action. We are able to come up with ideas and look for the ideal partners to cooperate with. The program has really given us a stage to perform.” This is exactly what the LDP has tried to offer—a potential direction instead of a precise instruction. Thus spontaneous learning plays a crucial part in the studies of the LDP.
This program offers a rare opportunity for a group of excellent students to gather, brainstorm together and learn from one another. The final presentation of LDP Cycle 2 students will uncover and display all the growth they have had from the program. Their wisdom in selection and learning through action will be definitely seen on such event. Meanwhile, LDP has begun receiving applications for Cycle 4 admission. Those who are willing to grow through solid trainings are most welcome to join and be led out of personal comfort zones, as well as create wonderful memories in NTU.