As the semester wraps up, three of Kinethics’ four team members will graduate, which prompts the question: Can we withstand a long-distance relationship?

In the last couple of weeks our team has done a lot of soul searching. We took Patrick Lencioni’s “Five Dysfunctions of a Team” test to find out where we are strongest and weakest. We re-wrote our mission statement to be sure that we all have the same vision, and we have had some hard talks about what our role with Kinethics looks like as we each move forward.

These have not been easy questions to answer, and I can only answer for myself. I believe in our mission statement. I believe that Kinethics will make a difference in combating global corruption. I believe in the three other women that have brought Kinethics to this point. This semester has been tough on all of us. Between classes, homework, job hunts, and attempting to make sense of what comes after graduation, we lost sight of the bigger picture. We were too far in the weeds.

But the weeds are fine with me; I like having a task to accomplish each week, which is why my teammate Abby Reimer is my perfect opposite. She drives the questions when it comes to how each of our tasks fit into our vision. Each of us has our strengths that we bring to the team. I can’t image Kinethics without one of the four of us because Kinethics is defined by each of us.

So, what does Kinethics look like when we are spread out? Do we plan a weekly Google Hangout? Do we log the hours we spend working on Kinethics? And for those of us graduating, how does Kinethics and our alumni status fit together?

For now, we are going to keep moving forward. We are going to set weekly goals and frame our new mission statement. As for the rest of it, I can only answer for myself and say I don’t know what the future will hold for me.


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