This question isn’t as simple as to list multiple characteristics and traits; it goes a lot further than that. First of all, I find it more relevant to talk about my experiences within the CEIL to give you a greater understanding of the setting.
When I started my six week initiation I was somewhat sceptical about the project. 6 hours of work spread over 6 weeks, with a 1:1 at the end to monitor the progress. It seemed very simple and straight forward; this gave me reason to believe it was too good to be true. But being a new student I have tasked myself with grasping every opportunity either within reaching distance or even in scope of my interest s.
Signed up and raring to go, I was handed my first assignment. Two articles which I had to sum up and relate to student life. We were not told how much to do or what direction to start in, which troubled me as I work well with direction but struggle without. If I understand the challenges, goals and result then I will be more than willing to work, this can benefit just as much as it hinders my ability. I decided to go for the lengthy approach and written about 2 pages overall. I am believed that more work is better than no work at all.
The next tasks were more self-examination. Evaluating our own specific strengths and weaknesses, I admit it began to slow down, along with it my momentum. Lucky I have a good persistence and can’t leave something I started without finishing it. Staying with the CEIL was one of the best choices I have ever made in my young adult life.
As the six weeks came to a close, my 1:1 with Marcel grew ever closer. I thrive in these situations, having the chance to talk about you, not just positively but critically as well. The bottom line of my meeting gave me a vague allocation of what I need to invest my time into. A way to help strengthen this weakness was by placing me on the Social Media team.
I could now list 4 things that CEIL has ‘taught’ me, but I don’t believe that is truly all I have taken away. Students from past generations have attached a social stigma to education, giving it a more feminine aroma (Government statistics back this up with the Boy v Girl success rate). Boys who do well are usually belittled and labelled; this was something I had become accustom too. Although I had entered the CEIL motivated and driven, I continue there with understanding of my mistakes. I can understand my weaknesses and capitalise on my strengths, I now see the bigger picture. To analogise this, I haven’t just changed my hair cut; I have grown a new pair of legs!
Thank you for reading,