I would put this entire essay in the past tense, just to make it more consistent. Did you organize this event? If so, use active voice to tell the admissions people what YOU did.
This is a good topic and, for the most part, good essay. Just a couple things:
The first sentence is a bit awkward. It's a fragment and a run-on combined (I don't know how that's possible), but it needs to be changed. Try this:
Waking up at 6 AM and in the midst of a particularly unpleasant December rain running to catch the bus was all worth it
when I felt the inviting smell of cappuccino through the halls.
Or something to that effect.
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Hope this helps!