Ranch Reflections are articles written by students who want to share their experiences, thoughts, and concerns. This is a great opportunity for students to branch out beyond traditional news stories.  This edition features a “Mustang Ahead” staff member’s musings on the meaning of the word “team.”

Nolan Carpenter – Mustangs Ahead

Reflections icon (2)(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL)- The definition of ‘team’ by the Oxford Dictionary is “a group of players forming one side in a competitive game or sport.” Anyone who has played on a team knows that there is a lot more to a team than that.

A team is not “a group of players,” a team is a sometimes-dysfunctional family. It’s a family that sticks together through thick and thin, helps each other out when they fall, and forms a bond that will last a lifetime.

Just like everyone else though, teams aren’t perfect. Sometimes they are the furthest thing from it.

Often teams argue over mistakes that were made or failures. Its common members roast one another on how easily something could’ve been done. Teams are mean to each other at times, just like any other family, but they wouldn’t want it any other way.

There’s camaraderie in a team that just isn’t found anywhere else. That’s because everyone on a team contributes their own unique thing. Whether it’s a skill or personality trait, each person on a team is matters and is different.

A team is united by their own personal goals put together. If a team wants to achieve their goal, they need to work through thick and thin because there is no “I” in team.

Any true team will want to see you succeed. Even if you’re the worst, they want to see you go down trying to make them proud, rather than doing nothing.

You can’t be discouraged to do something just because you’re bad, because even if you’re the worst, your teammates will cheer you on until the end.

To be on a team means to belong to group of people where you contribute your own unique trait.

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