Stupid Questions DO Exist

Posted on Wednesday, Feb 20, 2019

Our teachers and professors have embedded the idea that “stupid questions” don’t exist. I’m here to tell you that they do. Harsh, I know. But I’m not talking about the type of questions you’re thinking of.
When I was offered my position, I was told that my willingness to learn is what landed me the spot. I was asked how many senators there were in Texas during my interview and even though I know, I froze. Ben, the chief of staff that interviewed me, laughed and told me he had no idea either when he got his first job at the Capitol. Obviously, my interview went a lot better than what I’m making it out to be, but you get the idea.
He emphasized that asking questions was key to learning.
Anyway, back to my main point - stupid questions.
My first week at the capitol, I asked more questions than I ever have in my life. No, I don’t think my questions were stupid and neither did my boss. The stupid questions I had were the ones in my head.
As corny as it sounds, I kept asking myself if my work was up to par with what was expected. If what I was wearing was professional enough. What would happen if I messed up? How bad could I mess up? You get the idea.
I guess what I’m trying to say is that your questions are valid, no matter how simple or complex. Just don’t let the stupid questions in your head degrade your work.
You’re doing great!

Julia Awad
Office of State Representative John Wray
Austin, Texas | spring 2019