Initial Post: Tell us a time when you wanted to make a change at work, at school, at home, etc., and you received resistance from other people (or person).
Give a quick background to the story.
What did the person do to resist?
How did you react to the resistance?
What was the final outcome of the change?
Please respond to the 2 following posts:
Student A’s post: “When I was a senior at Mariner High School, I wanted to start a change initiative where the high schools in my school district could start later in the day. In my school district, high schools started at 7:20 AM. I wanted to instead push a proposal where high schools could start at 9:20 AM. My reasoning for this proposed change was so that the students at my high school could get sufficient sleep as well as be able to focus more during school lectures. I wrote my proposal in the form of an email and sent it to my principal. A day later, I received a response from my principal. In the email, my principal commended me for being passionate about the well-being of the students at Mariner High School. However, he told me that my proposal will not be accepted because if the school schedule was pushed later by two hours, then after-school activities would be pushed to later times as well. This means that if my change initiative was implemented, then the sports games that are hosted in the school district would have to end at 10 pm, instead of normally ending at 8 pm. The principal then proceeded to tell me in the email that he would send my proposal to the Mukilteo School District but also said that it would be unlikely that the school district will accept my proposal. I was disappointed with the response email but was fully aware of the reasons why my change initiative wouldn’t work. After accepting the reasons for why my change initiative was rejected, I ended up going back to my normal school life and finished my senior year on a strong note.”
Student B’s post: “When I was close to graduating high school in 2018, my parents and I started to discuss college options. My dad, for one, always had it in his mind that I was going to be going to a four-year university, no matter what. My mom, on the other hand, didn’t mind if I went to a four-year college or not, but she wanted me to at least get my AA.
I had it in my mind that I did NOT want to go through anymore schooling. I had made it through high school, having struggled all through middle school with some math and science classes. But, in the end, I graduated high school and ended up being quite good at math and am still not so good at science. I had decided, I did NOT want to go through 2-4 more years of higher education at that point in time.
I wanted to work for my families business right out of high school, salaried. I had already been working there during the summers since 2015. My dad was quite disappointed. He told me that if I still wanted to work for him when I graduated, he wanted me to get a Business Degree. He got a Business Degree and wanted me to do the same. He runs the business and he is part owner and I’m sure having those necessary business skills was extremely useful in his career. Granted, my Aunt, who is also part owner, received a diploma in Hotel Management and is doing great as a Pre-Need Specialist, which are two very different areas of expertise.
I was adamant. I didn’t want to go through anymore schooling. I was resistant to THEM at this point and they were resistant to ME. I was not happy that even though they saw how much I struggled throughout my schooling, they still wanted me to go through 2-4 more years of school. I was very upset about this.
I was quite certain I didn’t want to go to school, but the more I thought about it, the more I realized, a four year college education and a diploma, no matter what it was in, was going to be more useful in the long run then just going into a career blind. I started applying to colleges, even earning a $25,000 scholarship per year to an out-of-state college in Montana. But, in the end, I decided that I did indeed want to be a third generation Wildcat and am now two quarters away from being finished.
While my parents showed resistance in me deciding not to go through anymore education, they were supportive, even though the idea was not ideal for them. I did end up conceiting and I do not regret going to college!”