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How will you use your experiences after the Decathlon is over?

Wednesday, Apr. 29, 2009

I think I will be able to use the experience that I have had mentoring the St. Lawrence students after the Decathlon is over in other areas of my life that I have to work with peers. I have a lot of experience working with younger kids in a leadership position, from being a nanny to teaching music lessons, but the only other experience I’ve had with peers was working with freshman in high school as a Peer Leader. It was a different experience because there was no common goal we were working for, so there was not a need for collaboration the way that the Decathlon requires. Working with students that are closer in age to me, and maintaining a relationship that is equal in sharing ideas and giving feedback is at times a challenge, because I do not ever want to seem condescending, but at the same time, I want to be thought of as a mentor. I think educating my peers about sustainability can be done in a way that does not have to make them feel as though they are being preached to. Keith Warner always quotes someone (I forget who) by saying, “if it’s not fun, it’s not sustainable,” and I think that is a good mantra to have when trying to reach a group of people that may have mixed behaviors and ideas about the importance of sustainability.

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