Posted by Lieutenant Commander Royal Sinclair (Counselor) in Side Sim - Vadoma’s Psych Check in (CNS)
Posted by Ensign Vadoma Romani (Engineer) in Side Sim - Vadoma’s Psych Check in (CNS)
Sinclair cocked his head to the side and thought for a moment. “Well, I think there is an aspect you are missing. If you act stupid, yes, you set yourself up for failure. But I think you can temper the ‘showing off’ aspect by demonstrating a willingness to learn. Someone sharing knowledge and gaining experience isn’t showing off unless you believe at the beginning that you know everything already. If you show that you have a good grasp of the knowledge you do have, but also strive to learn and better yourself in that capacity, you will find a much more welcoming reception… especially with those who have been around a while. Does that make sense to you? What do you think?”
“So know it, but then ask about something I don’t know. That makes sense. I know there are things I need to learn, some ship specific, others just job related. So finding out what strength my mentor has, and being willing to learn without playing stupid makes sense. I hadn’t given that a thought before. Thank you.” She finished her drink and smiled. “Can you also help me unpack and decorate?” She laughed and shook her head. “No worries, Councilor, it was a joke. I’m not hitting on you.”
After a moment, she looked up from her empty cup. “I hope I’m not off balance in asking for this advice. I mean, I don’t imagine too many folks say ‘how am I supposed to act?’ when they come on board. Part of me is glad I asked, yet another part of me wonders if that’s just proof I’m not ready.” There wasn’t the defeated attitude in her words this time. It was more like she was seeking a reaffirmation that she wasn’t being given answers because she had no choice now but to fit in or fail.
Sinclair smiled and said “Asking for advice and accepting help is one of the surest signs of maturity in almost all sentient species. So no, you are not off-balance or unprepared. And no, most people don’t ask that… although they should. It would save them a lot of time in getting settled in.” and he chuckled. “So what is the most exciting thing, for you, about being here?”
Realizing her question wasn’t going to put a huge red mark in her file, she practically visibly relaxed. “Wow…umm… I suppose the most exciting thing IS being here. It’s one thing to learn in the classes, or even on the Holo decks. But it’s something completely different to actually be here. I guess making friends and putting their into practice is what I’m looking forward to.” She smiled and gave a small laugh, “Though if the Academy is anything like most skill lessons, class knowledge and reality are as different as chocolate cake and Romulan Ale.”
She cocked her head slightly, “What excited you about being on the ship, Sir? I came here in a capacity to interact with the mechanics of the ship. But you come to interact with the people. Wasn’t that a daunting thought for you?” Her curious nature, pointed out in her records, was peeking out. ‘So far’ it hadn’t gotten her in trouble…
“Lots of things excited me. New ship, new crew, new job. It’s a big shift from my last post, and the thought that I will actually get to see something new is amazing. And daunting? Of course. But if we don’t challenge ourselves, how do you expect to grow?” he asked with a smile.
Vadoma smiled and nodded. “You are right. I will learn, and challenge myself. And I will see to it that those around me do the same.” Vadoma stood up and went to look out the window. After a moment of silence, she turned back to Sinclair. “I doubt you have ever heard this before. Or if you have, probably not very often. But may I ask… can I come speak to you if I am concerned about the course I am following? I mean, I don’t want a weekly appointment like some silly ninny. But I also know I have to be practical.” Her heart hitched in her chest as she wondered if she had just sounded like some weak Cadet already unsure of her footing.
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