#VicSRCvoices: Passion and dedication is not a solo journey
Students have a lot on their plate. When there are events with a lot of organization involved, which requires more effort than untangling your ear phones, it is daunting. Liang Xue shares her take on teamwork and Term 2.
Another term quickly whizzed right by us. We were mounted down with piles of tests, assignments, exams, SACS, homework, and numerous number of additional responsibilities. Yet we still soldiered on, with the victory and glory of holidays awaiting us all. It has all flashed by quite fast, but take a moment to give yourself and those around you a pat on the back.
Every school, SRC team and enthusiastic students have kicked off new initiatives, continued or improved upon already existing programs and projects. Without the leadership, support, energy and passion of your teams, communities and peers there would be little to no changes being made in the past three months.
With all this progress and positive action, one does need to take the time to evaluate and reflect. This evaluation and reflection should not be a time of criticising or bringing down yourselves or others. However, it should be a valuable time to collect and note down what you have learnt, what worked for your teams, what didn’t work, what types of conflicts arose and so on.
When there are events with a lot of organization involved, which requires more effort than untangling your ear phones, it is daunting. Take a step back and realise that you are not alone. Unlike the Leaning Tower of Pisa, you don’t have tourists pretending to support you for a cheesy photo. You really do have the support of others around you, whether it be your friends, leadership team or teachers. Being passionate and dedicated shouldn’t be a solo journey.
The people that you surround yourself with are important, because they will see you at your worst, when you are on the verge of going into hibernation and never wanting to deal with anything again. On the flip side, they know for every bad day you have had, you will bounce back. They are the first people to help take a load off your shoulders when you have a never ending to-do list. They will be the ones to show up to the organised events, and know all the actions behind the scenes that made it possible.
We must not let each other be less than what we are capable of. This simply means that the problems and stressors we face can overwhelm and drag us down, but we cannot let that get so close to that point. Having people you love and trust, you will know when to tap out and let others help. Having a team isn’t just to accomplish your goals and projects together, it’s also to be each other’s rocks during emotional and crazy times. They keep you going, through being so different to you with their own set of strengths and traits to offer where you may be lacking in.
Give your team some love, value those who remind you to stay calm, focused and to have fun. As a team look after one another, know and be aware of what each team mate might have on, be thankful for their efforts and where you can step up for them.
To A.B, A.E, S.L, J.W, E.M, J.N, L.N, L.K, T.L , D.S and many others , thank you for being the best team I could ever have.
#VicSRCvoices is a rolling series driven by the stories and experiences of student representatives. It’s about who we are; what we value; what drives us to act; and what fuels our passions to advocate for what we believe in.
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