STEP Creative Endeavor Cory Colston (Captains License&Leadership Conference)

 

1. Please provide a brief description of your STEP Signature Project.

With my STEP project I was able to do a number of different things. My focus was creative endeavor as I wanted to do something different than others, but unique to me. I obtained my charter boat captains license with the money provided through STEP. This license was provided through the National Maritime Academy and the United States Coast Guard. I also went to a leadership conference as I thought it would be a great tool for my future career in education. The daylong conference allowed me to work with others participating in case studies learning a number of new ways to approach problems. I had to go through a three month class as well as a number of different tests in order to get this certification for the captain’s license. Once obtaining this license I put it to use immediately. I live in Port Clinton, Ohio which is located right on Lake Erie. I ran fishing charters on the lake for a summer job, which is something that I will continue to do for the remainder of my life.

2. What about your understanding of yourself, your assumptions, or your view of the world changed/transformed while completing your STEP Signature Project?

While I grew up in the area that I did, I had always aspired to do something that I loved and to make a living out of it. This thing that I aspired to do was charter fishing, and this goal that I had set was very obtainable. I wanted to get this license in high school, but the cost of the class was too much for me as I knew I had to save money for college as well. Once I saw what STEP had to offer I knew that I could finally do what I had always wanted.

I also participated in the leadership portion of the experience. I wanted to gain as much as possible from this great program. When looking at my two careers teaching, and being a charter captain. I will have to work with people each and every day. This helps show how important leadership really is. The leadership portion of the experience was very impactful as it was something that I will use each in everyday for the remainder of my life. I went through a day long program that allowed me to work with others on large leadership projects. We were given a number of different case studies and we then had to figure out how we would solve the problems.

Going along with being a future educator I also plan on being a coach. A coach must be a good role model for those on his team as well as in his or her school. This leadership summit that I attended had a portion that dealt with coaching and the different approaches that should be taken. The company that put on this summit/training had a vast number of different sessions, but I selected one that would fit me best for my future endeavors. The training session that I attended was mainly used for teachers and coaches, which I plan on being both.

Overall I was changed as a person throughout this program greatly. While attending the leadership session I then knew that teaching was the route that I wanted to take. I had previously switched majors a few times, but this let me get a real view of what teaching and coaching might be like. The charter fishing portion of my STEP project was something that I knew I would always do at some point in my life, but I was very happy to know that it was attainable at such a young age.

 

3. What events, interactions, relationships, or activities during your STEP Signature Project led to the change/transformation that you discussed in #2, and how did those affect you?

When coming into STEP I had the idea that I wanted to get my captains license, but I did not know if that were something that would be applicable for the program. I feel that Dr. Loza my faculty member had a great impact on why I choose to do the things I did. She encouraged each and every one of us in our group to strive to do something unique to ourselves. I gave her my idea of obtaining my captains license, and then she threw out the idea of doing something leadership based with my extra funds that she did not want me to waste. She thought this project would be perfect for me as it was something that I always wanted.  This experience has impacted me for the rest of my life as it provided me to obtain something that I will always use.

I understand that study abroad programs are something that will stay with you forever and can be a once in a lifetime opportunity, but this creative endeavor portion of STEP to me is the easiest way to do something unique to yourself. Throughout the process I kept in touch with a number of people from my home town to try to figure out how I would do this, and Dr. Loza was there with support from start to finish. In the end I found something that was perfect for me and was able to make the most out of the program.

The leadership summit that I attended had the greatest impact on me, as it made it clear that I wanted to continue on the current path that I am on. I switched majors a few times early on, but this made it clear to me that I wanted to be a teacher in my future. I love working with others, and hope to have a lasting impact on those that I teach. I feel that Dr. Loza had this impact on me as she made me think outside of the box and do something different than all of those within my STEP group.

There was class here at Ohio State that made me want to participate in the leadership portion of my project. Crossing Identity Boundaries was a class in which we dissected a number of different cultures and ideas. This was a leadership based course and it also put me on track to complete a leadership minor along with my education career. While thinking about my step project I went back and talked to some of the faculty members within the multicultural center. These advisors helped me ensure what I wanted to do with my STEP funds and the course I wanted to take for the remainder of my life.

The last thing that impacted my decision along the way was a close family friend. One of my father’s friends went on the same career path that I would like to go on. He obtained his captains license at a young age and is teaching certificate after the completion of college. He now lives back in our home town, teaching in the winter months, and fishing in the summer months. I talked with him a number of different times throughout my experience and he helped me obtain the different things that were required to get my captains license. This is a very long drawn out process that takes a lot of work. Using him as a mentor not only made the process easier, but he also reassured that this is what I wanted to do.

4. Why is this change/transformation significant or valuable for your life?

This experience was very valuable to me as it allowed me to obtain a job that I will continue for the remainder of my life. With the help of STEP I was able to get into the charter fishing business at a young age, which will hopefully allow me to move up as time goes on. The end goal is to start my own business running boats on the lake. Without STEP I may not have ever got my captains license, so this was a very significant and life changing program for me. The leadership portion of this experience allowed me to learn a number of things about myself. It reassured to me that I wanted to be a future educator. Overall STEP was a great program that truly did change my life for the better. Most people think that their experience will be something that just impacts your college career, but STEP goes past that and has a lasting impact for the remainder of your life.

 

These are two of the companies that I worked for this past year in case anyone wanted to get a better look at the things that I did with this project.

http://seabreezecharters.com/

http://www.coevannacharters.com/

 

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STEP Creative Endeavor Cory Colston (Captains License/Leadership Conference)

 

  1. Please provide a brief description of your STEP Signature Project.
  • With my STEP project I was able to do a number of different things. My focus was creative endeavor as I wanted to do something different than others, but unique to me. I obtained my charter boat captains license with the money provided through STEP. I also went to a leadership conference as I thought it would be a great tool for my future career in education. I had to go through a three month class as well as a number of different tests in order to get this certification for the captains license. Once obtaining this license I put it to use immediately. I live in Port Clinton, Ohio which is located right on Lake Erie. I ran fishing charters on the lake for a summer job, which is something that I will continue to do for the remainder of my life.
  1. What about your understanding of yourself, your assumptions, or your view of the world changed/transformed while completing your STEP Signature Project?
  • While I grew up in the area that I did I had always aspired to do something that I loved and to make a living out of it. This thing that I aspired to do was fishing and this goal that I had set was very obtainable. I wanted to get this license in high school, but the cost of the class was too much for me as I knew I had to save money for college as well. Once I saw what STEP had to offer I knew that I could finally do what I had always wanted. I also participated in the leadership portion of the experience. I wanted to gain as much as possible from this great program. When looking at my two careers teaching, and being a charter captain. I will have to work with people each and every day. This helps show how important leadership really is.

 

  1. What events, interactions, relationships, or activities during your STEP Signature Project led to the change/transformation that you discussed in #2, and how did those affect you?
  • When coming into STEP I had the idea that I wanted to get my captains license, but I did not know if that were something that would be applicable for the program. I feel that Dr. Loza my faculty member had a great impact on why I choose to do the things I did. She encouraged each and every one of us to strive to do something unique to ourselves. I gave her my idea of obtaining my captains license, and then she threw out the idea of doing something leadership based with my extra funds that she did not want me to waste. She thought this project would be perfect for me as it was something that I always wanted.  This experience has impacted me for the rest of my life as it provided me to obtain something that I will always use. I understand that study abroad programs are something that will stay with you forever and can be a once in a lifetime opportunity, but this creative endeavor portion of STEP to me is the easiest way to do something unique to yourself. Throughout the process I kept in touch with a number of people from my home town to try to figure out how I would do this, and Dr. Loza was there with support from start to finish.
  1. Why is this change/transformation significant or valuable for your life?
  • This experience was very valuable to me as it allowed me to obtain a job that I will continue for the remainder of my life. With the help of STEP I was able to get into the charter fishing business at a young age, which will hopefully allow me to move up as time goes on. The end goal is to start my own business running boats on the lake. Without STEP I may not have ever got my captains license, so this was a very significant and life changing program for me. Overall STEP was a great program that truly did change my life for the better. Most people think that their experience will be something that just impacts your college career, but STEP goes past that and has a lasting impact for the remainder of your life.

 

These are two of the companies that I worked for this past year in case anyone wanted to get a better look at the things that I did with this project.

http://seabreezecharters.com/

http://www.coevannacharters.com/