My journey as a Student Intern
This blog post was contributed by Raghavendra Yadav, a Grade 10 Teach for India student from Mumbai.
Having goals and dreams in my small fist,
I entered Teach for India’s Institute.
Little did I know though that there would be a twist.
The returning interns said ‘No goals, no dreams work at the Institute but there definitely will be an increment in your learning’s magnitude.’
The first day started off late but with a huge burst,
And as the day continued I died of thirst.
As we ate together, the boundaries between us gradually started to thin.
We kicked off Institute with a game of Battleship,
And slowly during the game internal differences evolved,
But with the open forum, they all got resolved.
Merrily and lovingly,
We went on destroying the enemy battleships,
Except these weren’t any external battleships anymore,
But those of our own biases and judgments.
In our learning circles, we learnt to collaborate and believe in strength-based leadership
And slowly crushed all our biases and prejudices.
In our journey as self-declared responsible adults, we shocked everyone with our ideas, thoughts, hard work, and opinions.
And now, that the journey has ended, it has led to another start,
Where we are the facilitators, student interns, and future change-makers.
Thanks to Institute, now in this journey instead of ‘I, me myself,’ it will be ‘We, us and ourselves.’