Intellectual Journey & Lifework

Intellectual Journey & Lifework
Interdisciplinary Studies Senior Seminar
Robert Jaarsma
9/9/2020


My intellectual journey has been very unique and I credit my parents for how it has turned out. From a young age, I was taught that you need to work hard at everything that you do. You can not start a project and not finish it and if you’re going to do it you need to give it all of your efforts. Putting half effort into a project or a task makes it so it is almost not worth doing. So throughout my childhood, I grew up with the mentality and guidance of if I start a project I will work until that project is done or if I say that I am going to do something I will make it happen. Always follow through with your commitments. This applies to all of my learning throughout my schooling. If you want to get the most out of each class the amount of effort one puts in will reflect in the amount that you will learn from the class. During this year this definitely applies with zoom. If you are not totally determined to put in the work you will not get much out of classes this year. It is so easy to get distracted or zone out in class that staying focused is key to being successful based on the learning environment we have been presented this year.
For my lifework, it evolved around outdoor activities. I love to ride mountain bikes and to ski and I am currently trying to tie all of these different aspects into my life. Focusing on skiing is something that I have done for many years. I grew up skiing here on the East Coast and it has taught me a lot. Based on my intellectual journey of working hard I work so that I can ski. I utilize all of my free time to revolve around getting outside so I can spend as much time as possible in the mountains. This is something that I do all the time and incorporating it into a professional career where I can make a living doing it is the ultimate dream for me.
For my career to fulfill my lifework as I stated above I want it to be involved with skiing. This is why I am looking at working in the heli-skiing industry. I understand that I will not be skiing every day to start off with but working within this industry is a career goal I have had for many years now. Getting into this industry is incredibly difficult. This so far is my biggest dilemma with what I am trying to do. Now that I am searching for an internship I want it to be in the heli-skiing industry but is this a realistic option? One of the things I wish I knew more about is the actual process of getting into the industry. There are so many different factors that need to be considered so many things that can go wrong when trying to get in. The best way to find out is through experience. Trying, again and again, to get in with a company and see if an opportunity presents itself. It is an absolute dream to work in the heli-skiing industry and I am determined to make it happen.

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