SURVIVOR SERIES: HOW TO SURVIVE BEING “NEW”
Every semester is met with new beginnings. Whether it’s new classes, new jobs, or new organizational membership, it can seem hard to integrate into the recently joined aspects of your life. Finding out how you can stand out, while still working into the flow can be both challenging and confusing. Through the mastering of the following tips, you’ll be able to easily become an awesome addition to any team.
Don’t be afraid to speak up. Nothing feels more hopeless than adding someone to your team or organization if they never seem to offer any sort of input. By adding your life experiences, you help to create new dimensions to an organization. In fact, because of other member’s longstanding membership, you can probably offer some of the most pristine ideas because of your outsider perspective.
Take your new position only as serious as those around you take it. By gauging the seriousness of those around you, you are able to prevent yourself from becoming either too serious or too lighthearted. This is an important step to member assimilation, because people who fail to figure out where the rest of the members lie, can become too hardened or too foolish to ever create strong organizational bonds.
Be okay with saying no. At the end of the day, the easy route may look like being a yes man (or woman) is the best journey to make, but in actuality, the most well-rounded members of clubs, jobs, and other organizations are the ones with their own ideas and opinions. Those that can offer constructive criticism and also build off of others, help to create a truly beneficial experience for all.
Don’t forget to smile. Nothing scares people than the person that stone-faces themselves through their day. If you don’t smile, chances are no one is going to smile back. You’ll scare yourself through people’s unwillingness to converse, and you’ll scare them with your inability to show your teeth. Positivity, above all else, is desired!
Lastly, don’t gossip. Just as the saying goes, “loose lips sink ships,” you should be avoiding any type of side-taking and badmouthing. Nothing is more wince-worthy than a new member at your organization that thinks they know what is going on and actually doesn’t. People may turn to you first to try and win you over, but respectfully decline. Instead, focus on making real, honest friendships and workplace partnerships with those around you.
Riley Ackley – Peer Ed.