Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Herd About (GRIP in) Buffalo?

Amazingly decorated fiberglass buffalos were all over WNY in 2000. One is on display in the main building GRIP was located in at Daemen College.
GRIP came to Buffalo this year for its second "on the road" experience (the first being outside Detroit in 2014). I attended the Tackling Tough Problems: Tools & Strategies for Tackling Tough Research Problems class coordinated by Kimberly Powell.

One of my favorite things about this class was that we were to take the ideas given and think about them in relation to our own tough problem - mine being "who are Barbara (Griss/Kries) Fleeman's parents and where was she born?" I don't have an answer, but I have improved my research plan and look forward to one day knocking this brick wall down.

Another thing that really hit me at this institute was the importance of a good education plan. I tend to pick courses based on what looks interesting and take the webinars I see and read all the journals and books. This has worked up to this point, but if I want to get my certification, I need to get a plan in place. This course reminded me that I need to work with deeds and DNA more than I do and, as always, write more. Looking at people's certification portfolios also gave me a lot of ideas on where to head next.

One thing that was different this year was not staying on campus but rather with my family. There were good and bad parts to this. Seeing my son everyday and not having to pay were good, but I missed getting to know a roommate and being right there to go relax in my room and not have to wake up so early since it was just a short walk.

What I love best after attending 5 GRIPs is that it's becoming a bit like Cheers where everyone knows your name. Getting to know the attendees, organizers, and instructors is what keeps bringing me back. 

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