Conversation Cafe Essay

1255 words - 6 pages

Our first topic was, “How do I work toward something when I don’t know what it is?” However, in the process we began to answer other questions.
We all picked a topic from the Big Questions document that we would be interested in discussing. After, we thought about how answerable the question was. For example, one of the options was, “Am I wasting time that I will regret later?” This is an amazing question! I think about this all the time. However, I don’t believe it’s a good conversation starter. I feel this way because I can easily sum the answer up to “Yes, I know I am." That is all I desire to say about that topic. If I were to be made to go further by being asked why? Then I would say “I try to be productive, laziness is not a virtue, but the concept of time is different and wasting that time is what I feel like doing now!” “At the end of the day I can only live in the now.” Any further discussion of this topic would be pointless and repetitive in my opinion. We thought the question we chose would be more thought provoking at the time.
We marketed the conversation by creating a poster. The poster was simple only stating when we were holding the event, the location, and what the topic would be. However, we knew that word of mouth would be a better route with something like this. Because of this, we relayed a lot on inviting friends and our classmates from Art and Science of Management. Since a huge group wasn’t required, we didn’t stress major advertisement.
We had didn’t have much of a turnout, It was us and two friends who were able to attend. If we would have planned for a better time maybe more people would have shown. I know a few of the people who I marketed to weren’t available during the time we were meeting. However, at the end of the semester it was extremely difficult to find a time (preferably through the week) that would even work with our own schedules so trying to fixate on a convenient time is difficult. As a total we had six people which we figured was fine since we didn’t want a huge turnout
The dialogue went great. However, we did not stick to the topic. We introduced the topic of “How do I work toward something when I don’t know what it is?” Where one of us immediately stated, “Isn’t that why we’re in College? Which was an amazing point. We all went around stating our feelings on this topic. Various things were stated. One person explained how learning how to organize your stuff can be beneficial in figuring this out. Someone talked about always aiming for “excellence” so you will have various options to fall back on. Others talked of the process as simply keeping your thoughts open to new ideas, picking something you like and making something out of it.
We soon felt like this question was a dead end. We began to wonder about switching the topic or adding to the topic, which we did. We then went around and all answered the question “If you could live one day in your future 20 years from now would you.” Someone stated...

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