Intention and the end of an Academic Term
Well, today was a big day for my students. They finished their final exam and they are now heading out for two months of practical experiences in health care before they graduate. As I was saying my goodbyes to my students and wishing them well on their practical experiences, I was thinking about what their lives would be like in the next year, five years, or ten years.
At this time of the year, I often think back to my own experiences as a student completing my final exams and leaving the building and feeling completely untethered. I vividly remember a close friend sitting and crying on the stairs of the science building after the final exam. As I cautiously approached her, I thought she might have had a bad exam. I asked her what was wrong and she said, “I don’t know what to do now!”Like me, she spent the last four years following a schedule, jumping over hurdles, and now she crossed the finish line but nobody told her what to do next.
I am reading a great book called the Intention Experiment. The book is chock-full of scientific references to studies that demonstrate how the power of intent can literally change reality. A great reference in the book is to a study that examined the effects of putting a robotic, randomly programmed chicken in a pen of new born chicks. In the first few hours, the chicken moved in a random pattern as the robot was programmed to do. Interestingly, after a short period of time, the robotic chicken actually moved in a statistically significant way towards the chicks! What does this mean? It might mean that through conscious intent, even a baby chick can will a mechanical piece of equipment to behave as they desire. In other words, if a baby chick can control a robot, surely we can guide our own lives and our future with some effort and intention!
This post is a tribute to all students who have finished final exams and may be uncertain of their future. Take solace in the fact that if a baby chick can control a robotic chicken, you have some influence in the course of your own future.