It has been about 4 weeks since we started going to the DSA for our sessions and I’ve learned many things! Firstly, I feel fairly happy with my journey and making friendships in the DSA. Personally for me, it was a challenge to get to know them. But I managed to be acquaintance with a few of the members of the DSA.
So far, I’m learning a lot about leadership and the reality of interacting with people with down syndrome. Being a part of the group, you usually have to take the initiation to start a conversation, or prompt them to be part of the group too. While it helps with my leadership skills, I also learn about people with down syndrome at the same time. Being part of the DSA has made me widen my horizons and views of people with down syndrome.
I feel like I developed knowledge, skills and understanding, all in different areas. Firstly, I’ve been more knowledgable on what down syndrome is like, and how it plays in real life. Being around the DSA members gives me an insight and understanding of living life with down syndrome, even if it’s only 2 hours with them. One skill I definitely developed would be my conversation skills. Talking to the members of the DSA challenged my conversational skills. Initially, I couldn’t hold a conversation because I simply did not know what to say, or what to do. Though it isn’t significant, I’m glad that I managed to be friends with some of them and know what their interests are, outside of singing songs!
My initial goals were to be acquaintance and be familiar to some of the members, and now that I’ve reached that first goal, I want to create another one and strike for that. So, by the end of the 3rd term, I would like to take one a leadership role inside the school’s service itself. Be it logistics, communications, etc! I generally think I am capable of being able to be a leader, I just need to get out of my comfort zone.