Bewilderment and Things Left Unsaid

communication trouble

“Much unhappiness has come into the world because of bewilderment and things left unsaid.”
― Fyodor Dostoyevsky


In the past few months of my service through AmeriCorps, I have truly learned just how important communication can be when running a volunteer program. All day, every day, I must communicate with student volunteers, prospective student volunteers, and community partners. This communication is key to making sure that students understand what is expected of them as well as support them with any issues they may have.


The problem is, communication consists of relaying ideas between people. It is a reciprocal process that can often be compromised because one person, or group of people, does not continue the communication. Which brings me to my point. I find it fascinating that often times in my position, I have students or other persons that have issues within the program, issues that can be easily resolved with…ding ding ding COMMUNICATION. But they don’t communicate those problems or issues. And then nothing gets done.


While it bothers me slightly that students don’t always communicate those issues with me, it has given me a better appreciation for communication in its essence. And of course it gives me a better appreciation for those students who do communicate with me. So although Dostoyevsky might have been referring to a different issue of the unsaid, I think it still applies to this situation. Communication is essential to any position and lack of communication will always be detrimental to any situation.

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