This course was amazing. It has been unlike any other course so far, but it is exactly what courses should be. This has been the best class in my 4 years at UBC, and it's the class that is going to stick with me. Every Friday, my eyes were opened to real problems, root causes that I had never thought about, consequences that I had never considered, and even solutions to problems I thought were impossible to solve. The final project was empowering. The weekly CoSphere posts were thought provoking. It was great to read and share ideas on CoSphere and see ideas that we might have otherwise missed. This course has also encouraged me to see what I can do in this community, as well as shown me how much more there is to learn and to do. The lack of emphasis on exams or memorization enabled me to actually pay attention, absorb, and understand the issues. The course design was brilliant.
I envision a world where we don't simply accept the bad, as I did before the course, and we dare to build a sustainable future. I hope all of our values shift towards sustanainability, and my values have definitely shifted and become more specific. Before I was content with, "I want everyone to be happy" as a value, but now I have specific values that I can align my actions with, such as "we must consider, if not prioritize, environmental goals in all our decisions." I want to get involved in the local community, engage in environmentally-based projects, and even start campaigns. I never thought it was possible for me to start campaigns and make a difference. This course has taught me otherwise.
I'm really glad I decided to enroll. What I have learned in these last 4 months is going to stick with me for a long time.