This year will mark my second year in the ISM program. Since day one, every of my weekly reports has revolved around the work that we had been doing in ISM that week, and how it has impacted my education and week as a whole. Now, granted ISM students are always very busy and there is always plenty to write about, this week will mark a change in that particular trend.
One of my best friends has recently enlisted in the Marine Corps, and once a week they meet to workout as a group - working on their team bonding, and learning to grow as a family. This week, he invited me to join him during this workout and I happily and nervously accepted. This week’s report will revolve around that event, and how the information I learned from this will be applied to my year in ISM.
This workout was honestly one of the most intense workouts that I had ever taken part in. I am writing this weekly report two days following the workout, and I can honestly say that I am still in pain. To my surprise however, the workout itself was not the highlight of this experience to me. Despite being a great workout, the part of this experience that stood out most to me was the sense of unity and teamwork among this group. Each individual there had a different background, and therefore different “level” of athleticism. Embarrassingly, I admit I was towards the lower end of the spectrum within my group of 4. However, the amount of support that each of these complete strangers had for me was inspiring. I continually heard “you got this man!” and “one more rep!” during the entirety of my workout, and it truly pushed me to do better.
Now, for the “full circle moment’... how on earth am I to apply this to ISM? Well, I experienced first hand this week that positivity and motivation can go a long way when working with others. Not only does supporting others help them, but the optimism pushes you to do better as well. I hope to apply this same ideology with my peers and the professionals that I reach out to through the ISM program. Optimism and the ability to be supportive are two very important traits among people, and this week I found that it can have much more of an impact than people may believe. I am thankful for the opportunity to have learned this for myself at such an early age. I definitely plan on attending these workouts again for both the aspect of health and learning new things, and I look forwarding to seeing the results.