“In order to be a mentor, and an effective one, one must care. You must care. You don’t have to know how many square miles are in Idaho, you don’t need to know what is the chemical makeup of chemistry, or of blood or water. Know what you know and care about the person, care about what you know and care about the person you’re sharing with.”Maya Angelou
For the first Weekly Update of the new year, I would like to discuss a very critical part of the student’s success both on campus and after a student’s completion of the program. My focal point is the people who help us manage our time here and who support our personal growth every day. The people I am talking about are the staff of Ironwood. I am specifically focusing on them this week because they have helped me and countless students find success by setting and achieving suitable goals that are unique to each student’s personal program. I would like to express gratitude because I have recently moved to level 5 at the Lakehouse and feel that I would not be in the position I am in today without them.
The remarkable staff at Ironwood have a collaborative limitless set of skills, knowledge, and life experience to share with students. I have personally learned how to groom, care, and manage a diverse set of animals from the Equine Staff. I have also learned how to plant, grow, harvest, and prepare an enormous selection of award-winning fresh vegetables from the Garden and Culinary Staff. I have been taught to build a shelter, start a fire, tie knots, identify trees, and create a bow drill by the outstanding Wilderness Staff at Frye. All of these skills I have learned from staff have given me increased confidence, leadership and communication skills, as well as strengthened healthy relationships with my peers and family.
While interviewing staff this week I have learned that we have an amazing mixture of highly educated, caring, family-oriented people that are trying to achieve their own personal goals while keeping us focused on our future, or making the right decision in the moment. The Ironwood Staff are all fully invested in the work to provide us with the tools we need to become integral members of our families and communities.
For my 2020 vision (Thanks Alex), I would like to express to all the families reading this how supportive and caring the staff of Ironwood are and how grateful I am to have spent such an important time of my life with them. Each staff member has helped me overcome my fears and challenged me to meet my fullest potential. Throughout my time at Ironwood, the staff have been there for my best moments and my worst moments and I will always be grateful.
*Happy New Year to all family members who are back home…have a great weekend!