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Being comfortable with imperfections


School should be an adventure both in and out of the classroom. Too often girls are treated as if they are fragile objects, when we should be encouraging them to embrace exploration and the unknown.

Reshma Saujan, Founder of Girls Who Code, the US not for profit organisation which aims to close the gender gap in technology, has written about the differences between how, as a society, we treat girls and boys. She believes girls are raised to be perfect and boys to be brave. This pursuit of perfection means that girls are constantly striving for the unobtainable. In her 2016 TED talk she says, “I need each of you to tell every young woman you know to be comfortable with imperfection.”

Consider that sentence for a moment. It makes for difficult reading. Girls are so often socialised to be flawless, whether this be physically, socially or academically, that when they’re not, they feel like
failures. This often means that they shy away from taking risks.

Being comfortable with imperfection forms the basis of resilience, determination and boldness. It allows us to embrace challenges and risks; even be energised by them.

At Kent College, we ensure that girls feel supported and accepted, just as they are. We celebrate their courageous moments and their bravery, not just their successes. A girl is more likely to take a leap if they are told that it doesn’t matter how they land.

That’s why we talk about Kent College girls having GRIT – generosity, resilience, independence and tenacity; key skills needed to take on the challenges that lie ahead.

Watch out world; Kent College girls are coming for you!

Come and join our FearlessGirls Day on Saturday 8th June. A day of adventure for girls applying for Years 7 and 9. Click here to book. 

Posted: 09/05/2019 at 13:42
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