On May 7, twelve Patricelli Center Fellows gave their final presentations to an audience of peers, former Fellows, Wesleyan faculty and staff, and community members.
The Patricelli Center Fellowship is a year-long, project-based, cohort-style learning opportunity for students interested in entrepreneurship, innovation, and social change. Some Fellows designed their own venture, while others seek pathways to impact as intrapreneurs, activists, researchers, organizers, conveners, artists, and more.
In the past, students presented their work pitch-style, focusing on their business plans and their greatest needed. This third cohort of Fellows did their presentations a little bit differently this year. They reflected on their journeys through the Fellowship: what they learned, some of the challenges along the way, as well as what they plan on doing next.
On the final class check-in form, Makaela Kingsley asked them the following reflective questions:
What would you say is the single best thing you did, learned, or accomplished as part of your Fellowship this year?
I don’t need to start something of my own
How to take the next elegant step
I learned skills that I’ll apply for the rest of my life!
The video calls with wes alum were amazing
Learning how to see “failure” or “good not great” as a marker of moving forward–done is better than perfect!
Making a change, no matter how small to prototype your ideas is so important and will make all the difference
To trust my instincts and not think so rigidly
your project and ideas will only go as far as you push them
What do you wish you knew earlier or did differently as a Fellow?
Offer yourself as a source of advice sooner!
I wish I acted with more confidence.
I wish I could’ve collaborated more on projects with other fellows!
The networking skills I’ve obtained now from experience. How to follow up with people and maintain a connection with your potential network.
That it’s okay for my priority to be learning, and not necessarily my project or final product
I wish that I’d made use of the other Fellows for advice and collaboration
I wish that I had not been so hard on myself.
Take more leaps of faith with projects outside my comfort zone.