As the end of my second year is fast approaching (Thursday, what?), I have been reflecting on the lessons I’ve learnt over the past two years.
Upon being asked, I decided to write about things I have learnt and been challenged by at Quest.
-Ask for help when you need it. The community is so absolutely incredible and supportive, but it’s so important to let people know that you need help otherwise they will not know to support you.
-It’s okay to not be good at everything. All of my greatest (and hardest) experiences at Quest were when I was challenged beyond what I thought I was capable of and being able to pull through taught me more than any class that was something I was already comfortable with –so another lesson would be to challenge yourself, because that’s the best way to grow.
-Do what you want to see happen. Since Quest is such a new community, a lot of things are not set-up yet. For example, we have quite a few clubs, but they fade in and out as students come and go. For example, our theatre club only occasionally exists, because some years there is not one particularly motivated individual to make it happen. This also means that the possibilities of what you can do are almost endless. It’s SO easy to get things running at Quest. If you want to have a club, you just make one. If you want to go to Vancouver to play laser-tag or go sailing or dance then you can easily ask for funding and then create a sign-up sheet.
I would say that one of the most challenging things I’ve had to deal with at Quest is the desire to take on too much. There are so many amazing things happening all the time that I want to do everything, which is impossible. It’s also easy, since I want to do so many things and it is so easy to make things happen, to take on all these additional projects that end up not working out. I’ve learnt so, so much about running successful events and the limits of myself through Quest, but that has definitely been one of my biggest challenges.
Another really big challenge for me, especially in first year, was enjoying the experience of being here instead of trying to get a good grade. The best way to experience Quest is with an open-mind and a tough heart –meaning taking on challenges left, right, and center that you make for yourself in order to exceed your own expectations. I focused too much on what I thought my teachers wanted me to do instead of what interested me and that led to me being less engaged than I currently am. Now, I take each day as a new adventure and try to find ways for the material to relate directly to my interests. I’m usually successful and it has resulted in me being less stressed out and more excited.
It is sad to know that Quest is shifting again and many of the friends that I made this year will not be returning next year due to graduation or other reasons. But I am also excited to see what my third year will bring. I am running for a position as the Health and Wellness Minister on the student council, I will continue my work with admissions, I will be starting my concentration courses, and I will be doing an exchange semester in Bhutan.