As an undergraduate, I wasn’t the boldest or the most eloquent in class. However, I knew that I wanted to make a difference in the quality of studenship in the department. So there came the decision to run for one of the supporting leadership positions in the department’s students’ association.
When I indicated interest to run for Treasurer of the Department of English and Literary Studies Students’ Association, I was laughed off. My classmates and seniors described me as withdrawn and shy. I was pained at the low levels of confidence I received from my classmates. I thought they could see pass my quiet demeanour.
I didn’t let their disapproval stop me from pursuing my goal. I vied for the position, wrote and delivered a manifesto that sent the crowd to their feet with rounds of applause. I won the position.
It is okay to be reserved, quiet or even withdrawn but you have to step out of your comfort zone once in a while.
Like Master Shifu in The Kung-fu Panda says “If you do only what you can do, you will never be more than you are now”