Things do not always go as planned. So, when our flight was delayed out of State College and we missed our connection to Seoul in Detroit, tensions were high as we were challenged to change our plans in order to get halfway across the world to begin our global agricultural education experience.
I made this video as we landed in Detroit just as our connecting flight to Seoul took off...
As you can see, we learned a lot about the core values of world travelers as we experienced delays, re-bookings, a night in a hotel without our luggage, and the inconvenience of experiencing two connecting flights to Seoul, instead of just one. However, much of what we learned is applicable to teaching agricultural education:
The ability to go with the flow and roll with the punches will take one far in the classroom. Being flexible is all about reacting to new situations in a positive way and growing through change.
You don't have to know everything to make good decisions. Being adaptable is about changing to meet the needs of any situation into which one is placed.
Sometimes being jack of all trades is better that being a master of one since it may yield an advantage in certain situations. Versatility is built through developing a wide-range of diverse skills through experience.
Although an inconvenience, being delayed in State College taught us to be more flexible, adaptable, and versatile not only as we teach and study abroad this summer, but as we mature into better educatiors through our global experiences.