🏠😷🦠 Life As A QuaranTEEN 🦠😷🏠 The UnifiEd Student Voice Team Blog Surrounding COVID-19
Hello, my name is Samuel, and I have been a member of the UnifiEd Student Voice Team since July. Writing this blog has been difficult; I have never written something of this nature. UnifiEd has been...
my first professional experience, and I have valued the ability to contribute to something larger than myself. Leaving UnifiEd behind is something I had not expected to do until my senior year; however, circumstances require that I step away. This was a difficult decision to make; after all, I feel that UnifiEd does valuable work, and leaving that work behind is not something I do with a light heart. This blog, however, is not meant to be written or read in sadness. Instead, I would like to share my experience working at UnifiEd and why I consider it to be some of the most shaping experiences in my professional career thus far.
Beginning off, I am incredibly grateful for how supportive the staff at UnifiEd have been to the Student Voice Team. There has always been guidance, always been true care about us, and genuine concern for the issues we voice. That has done more to empower students than I have ever seen. When you give young people, especially students, the ability to change or affect the real world, then you actually get a feeling for the positive change you can make in the world.That is something, at least in my opinion, a school can never give you. That is why non-for profits such as UnifiEd are so vital.
Along with support, the work I have done alongside the SVT has really made me feel prepared for future work. Learning how to interact with coworkers, edit videos, and produce opinion pieces are valuable skills if I want to continue down my possible career in journalism and writing professionally. I have felt more prepared for my future in the months working with UnifiEd than I have during any sort of after highschool preparation class. I suppose experience is the one thing you cannot earn through a high school credit; it is something you must seek out.
Now, onto the only frustrating part of this position. This year has been extremely hard. With watching every school board meeting, closely monitoring their actions, and seeing how Covid-19 has run freely through Hamilton County, I have become so burnt out on false promises. I have heard the same promises from board members from March on. Sadly, that comes with the territory, and I do not regret having my awareness widened on a local level. I am grateful for a platform to share my frustrations, as are the rest of the Student Voice Team.
In closing, I have deeply valued my time with UnifiEd. I have learned more about my writing style, what it means to be an active citizen, and how to engage the public than I ever have before. For those experiences, I am very appreciative. This work experience has helped me narrow down my future career, and I now know that I do have a chance to make writing my work. Thank you for reading; this will be the last piece written by me for UnifiEd.