Counsellor's Office: Cadet Ven Miya reporting for check-in

Posted March 25, 2021, 12:19 a.m. by Cadet Ven Miya (Doctor) (Claire M)

Posted by Lieutenant Commander Vanessa Lofton (Counselor) in Counsellor’s Office: Cadet Ven Miya reporting for check-in

Posted by Cadet Ven Miya (Doctor) in Counsellor’s Office: Cadet Ven Miya reporting for check-in

Posted by Lieutenant Commander Vanessa Lofton (Counselor) in Counsellor’s Office: Cadet Ven Miya reporting for check-in
The cadet’s enthusiasm was infectious, and Vanessa felt her own smile growing as Miya spoke. “Change is never easy,” she said softly. “But it sounds like you have come through the process very well - better than most I’d say, and that sense of purpose we spoke about is likely the reason.”

She rolled the mug between her hands, enjoying the warmth. “So, how did you settle into the Academy socially? Did you make many friends, do any extracurriculars?”

Lt. Cmdr. Lofton - CNS

Listening to Vanessa’s words, Miya nodded. It certainly had not been an easy transition, but the knowledge that she was doing the Prophets’ bidding had helped her through the initial stages. Now that her time at Starfleet Academy was nearing its end, she could look forward to broadening her role in the future and helping to bring Bajor into an even closer union with the Federation, as the Prophets desired.

She took another sip of water as Vanessa asked her latest questions. The mention of friends brought a slight smile to her lips. “I had a small group of close friends, all medical cadets. They were sent to other postings for their final placement, however, so we’re all split up but we’ve said we’ll keep in touch. Beyond my closest friends, though, I got to know a lot of people at the Academy through playing sports - I played springball at home and found out about ‘handball’ when I was at the Academy. It’s a different game, really, but there were enough similarities to springball that I was able to pick it up quickly.” Her smile turned into a wicked grin.

“I particularly liked it when people on the opposing team thought I was too small and slight to play well. They’d never seen Bajoran springball - it’s a full-contact sport, you know - so they got a bit of a shock when I played like I’d play back home! I also taught it to some people who wanted to learn and we’d play now and again, in between other sports - that was my main extracurricular activity, really. Well, there’s music too, I suppose; I play the Bajoran lute - not very well,” she added quickly, “but I learned it as part of my role as a prylar. I’m better at playing the tivara, actually, but I thought it was too big to bring on board so,” she indicated her bag, “I brought the lute instead as it’s much smaller.”

[Cadet Ven Miya]

Vanessa laughed. “I can imagine the looks you’d get!” She sipped her cocoa again before continuing. “There are quite a few instrumentalists among the current crop of cadets - we may need to rope all of you into doing a concert for us,” she teased. “And don’t forget about being able to play the tivara on the holodeck,” she said more seriously. “Keep yourself in practice.”

She shifted, tucking her feet onto the sofa behind her. “Sounds like you get along well with peers socially; what about when working with them? What role do you find yourself in on teams or in groups?”

Lt. Cmdr. Lofton - CNS

(OOC: sorry for the delayed reply - the dreaded RL, I’m afraid!)

“Oh, the holodeck - of course! I never thought of that.” Miya shook her head at her own stupidity. “It’ll take a bit of practice before I feel confident enough to perform for an audience again,” she confessed. “I had to neglect my instruments during the last few months at the Academy - there was just such a lot of work to do so we could complete all our assessments and prepare for our placements. I’ll enjoy getting back to it, though - assuming I’ll have the time here, of course.” She hoped she’d get some time to play, but her work in sickbay would obviously take precedence. She had to complete her training and graduate, then she’d finally be able to achieve the role she’d been sent by the Prophets to fulfil.

The Bajoran considered Vanessa’s next question seriously, taking a sip from her glass of water before answering. “I do find it easy to get on with people, whether socially or in work - I was the same back on Bajor too; I think that’s partly why I found being a prylar so interesting. There are a lot of similarities between being a doctor and a prylar - both roles involve lots of listening and then trying to see what you can do to help,” she added; it was an observation she’d made many times since joining Starfleet Academy.

“When I’m working with groups of people, I tend to gravitate to whichever role needs to be fulfilled and do that - if someone needs support, I’ll work with them; if a task needs finished, I’ll push it over the line; if nobody’s taking the lead, I’ll step up and, well, tell people what to do.” She shrugged one shoulder. “It’s a useful skill to have, because it means I can help out in pretty much any set of circumstances. I’m looking forward to seeing how I’ll fit in with the existing group of cadets in sickbay.” A smile spread over her face. “It’s such an exciting time!”

[Cadet Ven Miya]

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