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The workshops are self-guided, so you decide when to complete them before attending the capstone session.

1. Your Building Blocks

Gain an understanding of the whole program and the process used to reflect, strategize, and innovate your academic and professional life. The reflection begins with identifying the building blocks of your specific resources and experiences.

2. A Hero’s Journey

Converge the various reflections and introspections you have engaged in to enhance your understanding and self-knowledge. Integrate the reflective knowledge that you have gained into a clear and progressive story of your own life’s journey that gives you insight into the path you have taken.

3. Map Your Mind

Use the micro and macro reflections from the previous workshops to give insight into the specific strengths or most powerful skills that you have and the passionate interests that deeply engage you. Use these to map your mind for deeper insight.

4. Your Artifacts

Develop meaning, understanding, focus, and the potential to leverage your own collection of strengths, interests, and values that make you unique and give you high potential. Gain experience in communicating this. Integrate the micro and macro reflection of experiences with the micro and macro reflection on personal characteristics.

5. A Vision for the Future

Focus now on the future. Use the self-knowledge that you have constructed about yourself to develop a new vision for future professional and academic success. Start applying an innovation system to create a vision for the future and engage in a strategic process to go from challenge to questions. Think intentionally and innovatively about your future, both immediate and long-term. Learn deconstruction and construction skills that break a big challenge down into smaller ideas as you are guided through generating more and better ideas for yourself with tools and techniques.

6. Plan of Action

Follow a process to reconstruct your ideas into stronger, more developed concepts, like a portfolio of intellectual property for your own academic and professional life to help you build valuable personal knowledge and creative assets. Move from analyzed and synthesized concepts into a strategic plan of action that can be easily communicated. Leverage your strengths and interests with resources and tools to create a new path towards a meaningful academic and professional destination.

The Nelson A. Rockefeller Center for Public Policy and the Social Sciences