Workshop: February 21, 2013

  • It is extremely easy to talk to strangers when you know their background
  • Talking to different people really allows me to know the areas they are interested in focusing now and in future. Their knowledge is very inspiring
  • Meeting new people, and talking about their career goals. It was quite enlightening
  • I learnt how to approach people I don’t know
  • Meet strangers and make friends. Not so many chances in real life.
  • Speaking with people I did not think had things in common with me. Surprisingly, I always had some sort of connection with the person I was talking to.
  • I would like to try this “method” in group I work with.
  • The PowerPoint in the beginning had a lot & useful tips to collaborating in a team.
  • The poster was a great way to break the ice!
  • The most useful part of the workshop was the speed “dating” rounds full of information because you are meeting new people.
  • I enjoyed meeting a mixture of faculty and students. We do not get to talk to faculty and grad students often. So it was nice to make that connection

Workshop: January 31, 2013

  • Issues are many/ Looking through different windows is important to find solution
  • Directly connecting with students – getting them out of their comfort zone – thinking outside of the box
  • Among all the people we meet you can find a partner to work with or a friend
  • I think it helped me find other people who are in the “same boat” as I am
  • It gave me the confidence to talk to others
  • I found the process of this workshop most useful. This activity should prove useful in the future for networking.

Workshop: December 06, 2012

  • The card with information is a great idea and helps conversation along
  • Great initiative to break disciplinary walls
  • The overall impression is excellent. It makes you feel the diversity and synergy of the world
  • 3 - Minutes speed meeting & Idea boards help us tap into others resources
  • I went to a grant unity workshop with Bess. You are all very capable of organizing. Kudos!
  • I am an introvert person, having difficulty talking to strangers. This workshop helped me a lot in dealing with this.

Workshop: October 02, 2012

  • The most useful part was meeting everyone in class which would have taken much longer without the workshop
  • It was useful to be forced to talk to people I might not talk to otherwise. We often learn most from people who are outside of our “norms”.

Workshop: February 08, 2012

  • This is an eye opening event which allows me to measure my ability and capture the real world outside my own small side.
  • The profiles helped start conversations and break the ice.
  • The sharing of ideas from different backgrounds is really useful
  • Help you overcome the fear of talking to strangers (because you have to move!)
  • I met new people and feel better about talking

Workshop: February 03, 2012

  • Makes me more confident with strangers. Get more information and resource from people in other disciplines.
  • It’s a good way to introduce ourselves to other people and know about their area.
  • Shocking to meet people in completely different areas and still find something in common.
  • I was really shy about this exercise. But providing information about ourselves made it much easier to meet and talk to others. I feel better about meeting my classmates.

Workshop: November 17, 2011

  • Liked the idea of meeting people, exchanging ideas, to see what connections could be made
  • Love the process! A new experience for me- I can see a variety of applications
  • It helped me meet people much different than me in discipline, background, helped me to better put into words what I do. Presented an unusual opportunity to quickly meet many new people.
  • The randomness of people forced to think of ways to collaborate that I had never considered.
  • It has given me with confidence to make it big with my new idea. I got some valuable feedback!
  • Increased my confidence to start talk with strangers or people who I barely know.
  • Helps to build relationship in the short time, to find out what you are interested in from the strangers
  • I got to know people’s perception of me, providing a feedback evaluation of my strengths and weakness. I got an insight into working with different type of people.

Workshop: October 26, 2011

  • I like the idea and motive behind the workshop
  • The bios are short. It introduces you to their field quickly. You are able to ask more specific questions starting out.
  • The workshop helped to develop a concise introduction of self and also to develop questions to ask others on the fly.
  • Relaxing activity with potential benefits
  • Breaking the ICE of meeting new people phobia