|From:||that frolicsome kid|
|To:||Whom this may concern|
|Date:||12 September 2006, 21:11|
|Subject:||Be mad...or ignore?|
There's this guy who is part of my committee in school (part of the prefects' committee) and we are involved in putting up articles in a notice board specially allocated for us. Apparently, I face a major problem with him and that is, he just cannot create well-done articles.
Okay, so maybe my expectations are kind of high. Yes, that's partially true. But the head of prefects want us to create articles that can draw the student body to read. And that means, they must not only be attractive in terms of designing and layouting, they also must be interesting to read. Now this guy here, fails to attract, and it is very text-heavy. Countless number of times he had not done much to improve the articles, and time and time again I told him to work on it and improve it, but unfortunately, he still failed to do so.
So he had passed me an article, which is something to do with telescopes. No offense to him, but I find it rather too pedantic and deep for the younger readers and even adult passers-by to even comprehend. And the worse thing is, it's majorly unattractive, and ... it's so sad, I seriously am too baffled by words. I can't do anything to it, simply because its his work, and I can't just make it beautiful for him. I did that a couple of times already, and am not willing to do it for him again. I believe that it's something that he should learn to do and is expected to do. I mean, it isn't really that tough to manipulate MS Word to create an article that can pass my expectations. It doesn't have to be so nice and so beautiful that it dazzle the readers to cloud nine, but at least something that makes passers-by want to read!
And that is the whole point of our job. We make articles for people to read, so we must strive to first get their attention by making our articles attractive, and thus they will read. It's all about advertisement through design, telling people that our articles ARE interesting. It's saddening that, although this is quite true, most of the students don't even read our articles. Although there is a lot more reader traffic than last time's (I was not a prefect yet, but I could see that it's utterly dull.), but still not many people read it.
And you know what's worse? That is exactly the excuse that he gave me, asking me why do we even have to do such a "mundane, sad, ridiculous, redundant, unnecessary (you name it)" job. But it's not. Compared to the other committees, our work is like a breeze. At least I think so. (No, I don't think so. It's equally hard.) I just don't get it. Is he too lazy to even think creatively? I'm really surprised that he can't do that since he's one of the top students of the class.
So, I bet you guys would say "Why wouldn't you want to lecture him for bad work? I mean, you think he deserves it." I say, yes, you're right. But wait, he's one good buddy. I ... I just can't bear to scold him. Sigh~ I'm too "soft"! Although I hate to admit it. That is my problem now. I don't like to scold people. It's not nice. Although I can't be a real meanie at home! I just don't know what to do now. I really want to put up his article a.s.a.p., but unfortunately, his does not even pass the standard. And the head shall interrogate me once more of the delay, and how am I suppose to answer her?
How am I suppose to approach him without aggression? It's either I tell him off kindly (which I don't think it will work) or give him a very bad lecture (which may strain our relationship, and may bring about a variety of hostilities). I'm so stuck now, and I only have a few minutes to decide, before I call this a day and go to bed.
I'm so going to have difficulty in telling him off...again!