During our trip to Sand Hollow Reservoir,
I felt the first real connection with my new Techie For Life family, and it made me proud to be a part of TFL.
We brought Roo (TFL’s emotional support dog) along, and he seemed to be having a blast, although he shivered a lot.
Cam helped some people move a giant inflatable flamingo across the reservoir.
We had some good laughs, and I feel like everyone seemed a bit more themselves than I had previously seen.
I like to think everyone else got to know me a little bit better as a result.
I definitely felt like I got to know Joseph better after we drove back.
—Astrid, TFL Student
The canyoneering trip was an experience I’ll never forget.
It was an optional activity that me, Dallin, and Grady went on with Cam in Yankee Doodle canyon.
Once we started, it was impossible to climb back out the way we started, so we got to really push our limits.
There was hiking, climbing, rappelling, chimney-crawling through slot canyons, wading, and even some swimming.
The canyon was beautiful, and there were lots of purple flowers blooming.
It was warm outside, but the water was freezing cold.
I was exhausted physically and emotionally by the end, but it felt great to have accomplished it.
—Amber, TFL Student
We toured two local companies; InfoWest and MetaShield.
InfoWest is a pretty sweet company, the atmosphere there was friendly and relaxed.
We got to see their help desk room as well as their server room.
Anyone with a background in Information Technology would agree that they feel at home when entering their help desk room.
MetaShield is a company that creates advanced coatings for materials like glass.
We got to see their chemistry room where “all the magic happens.”
We also got to see their highly advanced, scientific, machinery that’s used to measure various different properties of whatever coating they’re testing.
—Reid, TFL Student
We had a great time out at the Red Cliffs hike recently.
There was a lot of runoff, which created some beautiful clear pools of cold water that only
Grady dared swim in.
Amber, Dylan and I hiked in further while the rest hung out at the first pool.
We had to pass a rocky obstacle using some rope to avoid falling into the pool of water below.
It was kinda tricky, and a lot of fun.
—Cam, TFL Mentor
How can understanding confirmation bias be useful?
Confirmation bias is the tendency to interpret new evidence as supportive of one’s existing beliefs or opinions.
Most of us do not go around trying to prove ourselves wrong.
It feels terrible to be proven wrong.
If feels great to be right.
We get to feel… smart, confirmed and in control.
Facts don’t necessarily change our brain’s confirmation bias.
The only thing that changes confirmation bias is something so glaring that we are willing to believe it and feel terrible about it, long enough to change our beliefs or opinions.
Most of the time our brains would rather be efficient and keep believing the same beliefs.
Even if those beliefs themselves feel terrible.
Confirmation bias is great when prior conclusions are terrific.
If we believe we’re awesome our brains find evidence for why we’re so awesome.
Confirmation bias is not great when prior conclusions are terrible.
If we believe we’re a failure, then our brains find evidence and even make-up stories about what we do or don’t do to prove why we’re a failure.
The process of changing our belief systems to support us in being more successful takes effort.
Unfortunately, it doesn’t feel good, but new focused thoughts over time can become our new belief systems.
Then confirmation bias works in our favor to confirm our new helpful beliefs.