🗣 Finding Our Student Voice 🗣 The UnifiEd Student Voice Team Blog Surrounding Student Life
My name is Samuel, and I am a senior at East Hamilton High School. You may have seen some blogs written by me before December of 2020 when I had to take a step back to focus on my academics...
in the second semester of my junior year. I am extremely glad to be back at UnifiEd and the work that the Student Voice Team does has been a prime focus for me. The ability to be back in advocacy is an incredible one and one I am incredibly grateful for.
I finished the second semester of my junior year like I finished my first, online. It was interesting, and as a semi-introverted person, I definitely felt like it was nice to take what I’d heard to be the ‘toughest year’ (according to my older peers) at my own pace. I won’t lie, it was very stressful. Balancing my workload with school along with the concern surrounding an uncertain future kept me coming back to my earlier QuaranTEEN blogs with a particular fondness. I missed the work that I did here at UnifiEd, and ultimately I decided that the stress did not compare to the satisfaction I felt when actively engaging with my community with a positive end goal in mind.
I touched on this briefly, but I get an extreme amount of personal satisfaction and joy from my work here at UnifiEd. The fact that I can engage the community for the better makes me feel a level of pleasure I am not sure I can accurately express without going on and on. Being a young person, sometimes a certain powerlessness can make you stagnant. Being here, working on speaking for the students of Hamilton County, makes me feel as though I am doing something legitimately positive for the community I share--and have grown up in. When I had to take a step back from UnifiEd, it was very hard not to feel a level of disappointment. I wondered what more I could do to help those around me; what more could I do to improve students’ quality of life? Ultimately, I came back to improve the system I knew I would soon be leaving. I couldn’t be happier to be back.