This past week we started a soft (internal) launch of the new Prism so we could begin to work out all of the kinks. This of course meant that we spent a lot of time together working out last minute concerns. This was a really different “finals” type experience than the one I am currently experiencing. Finals in graduate school basically means that I find a quiet place and don’t leave until all of the papers have been written. This crunch time collaboration felt exciting, dynamic, and fun. It made me realize how much I have come to value the teamwork time that I get in Praxis each week. Grad school can be isolating and socializing can feel like a distraction. What was great about Praxis was that we were able to come together weekly in a work-related activity but really enjoy each other’s company.
I have always known that I’m a social worker but this experience has confirmed that in order to be successful in my graduate career I will have to build a team of people around me who are willing and able to support me. I am also increasingly thinking about what type of alt-ac careers would allow me to keep this team experience central to my work life. I’m going to miss these weekly work/hang sessions.