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Thomas Gtrotheer
Re: 9/12 Discussion
Fri Sep 12, 2014 3:30pm
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"The which does not kill us makes us stronger." -Friedrich Nietszche
The reason I choose the quote was I think that improving yourself can only come from testing and overcoming obstacles. Over the past years I have worked as an instructor at a junior sailing program in Beaufort, N.C. This summer was different, I had a challenge that I had never experienced before. I was nominated to be the head instructor of the camp with one other co-head instructor. By accepting this new role I absorbed many tasks that were new to me, but I was not worried because I had an elite team of junior and volunteer instructors that I have been around and worked with since I was a student in the camp. As the first day came along and we were preparing to check kids in and other housekeeping responsibilities, I realized that my co-head counselor was a lot to handle. She had a number of family issues that kept working their way into the work, which restricted our ability to get work done efficiently. This completely inappropriate behavior continued, until I had to explain the situation to our boss who straightened this activity out quickly. The situation gave my staff and me a unique ability to understand how to work around and cope with someone like her. Even though my boss told her to keep her family life at home when she came to work, she was still bothersome to work with. At our camp we have three different types of boats that the students sign up for, Flying Junior the biggest, Sunfish the medium and the smallest are the Optimists. During one of the summer sessions, we had the kids doing a triangle course so they would not go very far. I was on my boat watching my students, the Flying Juniors, making sure that they aren’t capsizing or falling out of their boats when Racheal, the other head counselor on another motorboat asked if I could help her out with her Optimists. I looked over at them and they were all doing fine so I went back to watch my students. A minute or two later she stormed up to my boat sobbing, and proceeded to quit in the loudest and most obnoxious way possible. If not for my staff and my students I may have quit too, I realize now when I look back on last summer I’m glad I was presented the opportunity to improve myself in a condition where it would have been easier to quit and move on. 422

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