How to Be Awesome in Europeia

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How to Be Awesome in Europeia
by Mousebumples

1) Be active. I know it can sometimes be intimidating to jump into the fray here in Europeia. There's so many of us already here! Still, there are lots of "low pressure" areas where you can get your feet wet, like our Discord Server! (Examples include: Newcomer's Hall, Citizens' Assembly, Europeian Republican Navy, the Republic Square, and the Spam Zone.)

2) Ask questions. No one knows everything, so if you have questions about anything that's going on, ask! Generally, Europeians are more than willing to explain things ... perhaps in greater depth or detail than you're really interested in knowing, though, to be fair. :p

3) Learn new things. You don't have to know how to do everything, but it never hurts to learn enough to be generally knowledgeable about topics you're currently unfamiliar with. The Newcomer's Handbook (which is where this article is) has a bunch of articles and information about how to succeed in Europeia. The Citizens' Assembly is a great place to learn more about how to draft regional legislation. The WA Ministry is a great place to learn about World Assembly legislation. We also have a Judicial Training Center and the ERN has training available to sailors as well. (Enlist here!)

4) Get involved. It's hard to make a name for yourself if you sit in the corner waiting to be noticed. So don't wait to be noticed - go out and make others take notice! There is never a shortage of things to do in Europeia for those wanting to get involved in governmental activities, so be sure to check out the Get Involved thread and see what looks good to you.

5) Take the initiative. Once you get involved, you'll have numerous opportunities - beyond those tasks assigned to you as a Junior Minister! Seize opportunities when they're presented to you. Being asked to work on a project is a great opportunity to prove yourself ready for more - be it a bigger project or maybe even a Minister position down the road. If you're interested in legislation, don't be afraid to propose new pre-legislation in the Citizens' Assembly. Even if your pre-legislation doesn't end up going anywhere, it's a great way to show your interest in the law and hopefully get some great ideas and suggestions for your future legislative efforts.

6) Be reliable. If you say you'll do something, always try to follow through and make sure it gets done. We all understand when Real Life interferes, but you don't want to leave someone else in a lurch. Be honest and upfront about it, so that other arrangements can be made.

7) Find a mentor. It's good to have someone you can bounce those semi-crazy ideas off of. Whether it's trying to figure out if you've got the right plan for a project you're working on, or if you're wondering if you should run for Senate in the upcoming elections ... It's nice to have a mentor (or mentors!) that you can turn to with questions or uncertainties. Plus, a mentor is a great person to have in your corner when Drecq threatens to punch you in the face for suggesting something we have heard 100 times before.

[Disclaimer: Drecq will not actually punch you in the face. Probably.]

8) Try new things. This is probably a better tip for after you're more comfortable in Europeia, but you don't want to get pigeonholed as "the person who's really great at X." ( ... says the person who is probably known for being 'the person who's really good at Interior' :p ) You can offset that perception - or, at least, add to your repertoire of skills and talents - by spreading your wings and volunteering to work as an Assistant Minister in multiple areas or by working in multiple branches of the government.

9) Be yourself. It's great to find someone you admire or want to "model your Europeian career after." However, you need to be you. Find what you like and do that because you enjoy it - not because you feel that you need to do X or Y or Z.

10) Be AWESOME! You're in Europeia already, so you've already got a head start on this one. ;) Still, if you can follow the tips I listed above, you're on the right path to becoming an essential and integral part of our regional community.
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