Dear members of the Edgeryders community,
I am very glad that I found this website and I feel its spirit very encouraging and friendly!
My name is Tamara, I am almost 22 and coming from Saint-Petersburg, Russia.
One of the most important skills I and most of my peers have is Internet using skill. Might sound obvious, but without it my life would be very different and not that exciting, I guess. I wouldn’t be able to participate in thus mission, for example. But this is not the most important skill, of course. The most significant one for me is the navigating skill, in terms of navigating this swirling labyrinth of opportunities life displays in front of your eyes. Actually, at the very beginning, in front of your parents’ eyes.
My parents are the ones I am very thankful for. Due to them, I was able to start learning English as a 4-year old child in a special kindergarten program. English is the skill which has been opening many doors to me in life since then, for instance, I am now studying in the USA for one semester in an exchange program. Another important skill my parents taught me is self-dependency meaning ability to take care of yourself and try to manage your life without asking your parents about the next step. As a teenager, I used to go to camps in summer where I had to stay for 3 to 6 weeks with other children. My parents and friends also taught me the flexibility skill, that is, “try it and see if it works out for you”. I got to try a lot of things in my life from dancing and performing to Sociology. Each of the activities I engaged in took me further through the labyrinth and developed my personality. And now I am never afraid to try something new (unless it is life-threatening, of course).
There is another skill, which can hardly be expressed in one word. I have it thanks to my sociological education. It is a skill of looking around you without taking everything for granted, but questioning the reality and trying to interpret it in various ways.
The specific skills I use everyday are foreign languages, statistics, research, blogging, and what not!
All mentioned skills help in managing my life and work. They wouldn’t be affordable if I didn’t have a learning skill to learn them I am eager to learn new places, activities, people, opportunities, etc.
Sharing skill is the last but not least one. I am very grateful for being able to share my thoughts and experience here!