Five Essential Questions to Ask Yourself

In AFS, we often use the term “the unfinished product” to describe participants of our programs. This reminds us that they are growing, changing and learning while they are with us. I like to think that we are all unfinished products with many areas left to grow, many ideas that we can change, and many things to still to learn. Every interaction we have adds to our knowledge and experience. What we do with our experiences determines how we will grow as individuals and shapes us through our lives.

As we start off another host year, it is a good time to reflect on what we can do to make this year into a year of positive growth. I recently had the opportunity to listen to a commencement speech given by Dean James Ryan at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Dean Ryan’s central message is that asking good questions is key on our path to success and fulfillment. "I would urge you to resist the temptation to have answers at the ready and to spend more time thinking about the right questions to ask,” he says.