Marsonaut is #SPACEREADY

Micheala Musilova is ready for the world and beyond.

Michaela Musilova is an astrobiologist with a research focus on life in extreme environments. She is also an Emerging Leader for The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award in Europe, Mediterranean and Arab States (EMAS), where she is a representative for her fellow Award participants and holders. The Slovakian Marsonaut says that taking part in the Award was a great learning experience and that every part of the Award taught her valuable life lessons.

Here, she talks about the Skill, Voluntary Service and Gold Residential Project sections of the Award and how they helped her to become #WORLDREADY.

The Skill Section

“For my Skill Section, I focused on being a representative for my department at university. This was difficult for me at the time as I was very shy. But through the Award, I was encouraged to face my fears and I learned a lot from doing this. It helped me hone my leadership skills, which I then used later in life when I led teams in various different organisations and even went on to become CEO of a company.”

Voluntary Service

“The volunteering part of the project was the most important part of the Award for me. Up until that point in my life, I had done little volunteering due to the fact that I’d had to finance my own university tuition fees and therefore had been balancing multiple jobs to help finance these. Volunteering with the elderly in London allowed me to give back to the community in a way that wasn’t financial.”

The Award made me ‘World Ready’ by teaching me how to be part of a team and how to work with people from all around the world.

Space research

Gold Residential Project

“I did my Gold Residential Project back home to Slovakia. This involved helping to rebuild a castle and was completely new to me. Even after the project ended I stayed in touch with lots of the people I’d met along the way. This work also helped me to later develop The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award in Slovakia, which I’m still proud to be a part of.

“The Award helped me develop a diverse range of skills that I have continued to develop and nurture as I’ve continued with my life. The Award made me World Ready by teaching me how to be part of a team, how to lead people, how to behave in diverse environments and how to work with people from all around the world. I love getting to know other cultures and traditions, which I bring back into my own life and share with others. The Award helped me to become World Ready by being keen to embrace everything our incredible planet has to offer.”

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