Being Humble and Gracious

Lesson Sixteen

As a part of the yearbook committee, students are encouraged to get involved in many school activities and to work closely with the rest of the team. Being highly involved gives students the opportunity to learn and develop good character traits, namely humility and graciousness. As yearbook advisor, you have the opportunity to lead your students in developing these traits.

Here are some tips for your students on how to be gracious in the yearbook committee:

  • Show appreciation. Whether it is showing appreciation to other yearbook committee members or thanking someone for taking the time to do an interview, showing appreciation makes others feel good about themselves.
  • Listen to what others have to say. Listening is an excellent way to show graciousness. When a student is interviewing someone for the yearbook, it can be tempting to cut in and do most of the talking. Listening until it is appropriate to talk will result in a better interview and will give everyone a chance to express his/her opinion.
  • Be positive. Always look at the bright side of things. When you are covering the school football team that finished the season without a win, focus on something positive, like the crowd that came to every game and always stayed until the end.
  • Encourage others. Support other members in the yearbook committee.  For example, you could compliment a fellow student on his yearbook spread or help someone who is struggling with coming up with questions for an interview.
  • Think of others first. Being in the yearbook committee gives you the opportunity to choose the pictures and stories for the yearbook. Do your best to include everyone in the yearbook rather than focusing on yourself or your friend group. Remember that the yearbook is for everyone in your school.

Here are some examples of how students can be humble in the yearbook committee:

  • Avoid bragging. Don’t confuse feeling happy and accomplished with bragging. It is good to feel proud of your yearbook spread, but make sure you share in a way that does not offend others. For example, saying “I’m really happy with the way the yearbook spread I have been working on for the last two weeks turned out,” is better than saying, “The yearbook spread I just finished is the best in the class.”
  • Give others the credit they deserve. Make sure not to forget work others have done to help with the production of the yearbook. For instance, you may have put together the layout of a yearbook spread, but it would be wrong to take all of the credit if another student took all of the pictures for the spread.
  • Appreciate qualities of others. Let other students know when they are doing something well. Being a member of the yearbook committee is not a competition. Telling others that they do something really well will boost them up and improve your yearbook.
  • Don’t compare yourself to others. Everyone is different and everyone has their strengths and weaknesses. Getting down on someone because they can’t do something you can do or vise versa isn’t helpful. Share your knowledge with others in a helpful way and allow other students to do the same in return.
  • Listen to criticism. Constructive criticism is meant to be helpful. Don’t get defensive or take it personally; listen to what your peers have to say and consider their suggestions with a good attitude.

We hope these examples help your yearbook committee grow into humble and gracious people!