• Posted on: August 19, 2014

[Think China 2014] Day 9 | The Power of Energy

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July 15, 2014

Authors: Rodney Horne, James Alexander, and Destin Colbert


Today contained one of the most thought provoking engagements between mentor and mentee. We were asked to distinguish ourselves relative to if we were playing it safe, playing to win, just playing, and not playing at all. It provoked so much tension between some of the mentors because we expect so much from each other. Playing to win is relative to all avenues, to all walks of life; if you play to win only in a specific area of your life then you’re by default playing it safe or not playing at all. “Playing to win has everything to do with striving to be the best man you could be in the avenue you see fit,” said Lionel Gowans. This specific rendered a lot of internal searching and allowed for a chance to recognize some things that could be going the way we wanted them to, along with things that were not. After this engagement was the visit to Zhejing University. It was completely amazing! It is one of the top three largest universities in China! Although it was scorching hot, the experience made everything worthwhile. The motto, “to follow the spirit of pursuing the truth, being rigorous and earnest, exerting oneself for never ending progress, and pioneering new trails” struck real close to home. Persevering even through the toughest trials in expectancy of delayed gratification was something that I truly appreciated.

The university has seven different campuses! Each campus has an exclusive major assigned to it and it was intriguing to discover that they have a major relative to peaceful relations! The lectures were very complex, yet informative, today. It was the start of the portion. The first lecture was about solar energy. I didn’t realize all that does to have natural and healthy energy. There are four types of natural energies. Solar energy, biomass energy, renewable energy, and clean energy. Solar energy is essentially solar panels set up that are getting natural energy from the sunlight. Clean energy is energy that comes from sunlight and natural resources. Renewable energy includes solar, sea, biomass, wind energy, etc. In was #1 in renewable energy. Biomass is a generic term for any organic material that can be used to produce heat, electricity, or transport fuel. China is really trying to go green, but there are a few things stopping that. The first thing is the size and number of people. China has a lot of environmental problems, they are almost the largest users of energy. They have also spent 8 billion dollars on solar sources and energy.

The highlight of the day, besides the engaging conversation about playing to win, was the to finish the day. We all have triggers that sometimes can bring out the worst in us. It is mandatory that we learn to manage these triggers and discover efficient coping mechanisms that help maintain our character when our triggers are pushed. It was a bonding experience like no other as shared their individual triggers and how they would in turn respond to them better in the future. This has been one of the most thought provoking days thus far on this trip. It’s great to know that we can challenge each other to grow and be the best person we were exclusively made to be.

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