Please briefly elaborate on one of your extracurricular activities or work experiences in the space below (1000 character maximum).
"8:00 A.M. draw time!" I walk up to the front desk and draw three questions from the envelope. I choose one, and then quickly search through my file boxes, which are filled with articles and books. Within 30 minutes, I organize my thoughts, practice twice, and go out onstage to begin my 7-minute speech on the Arab Spring. This is International Extemporaneous Speaking (IX).
Growing up in an Asian family, I have always been fascinated by how Eastern and Western cultures see things differently, yet share so many common values. Curiosity for why humans developed such diverse cultures and how globalization impacts them draws me to IX. Reading the Economist, Foreign Affairs, and other publications for IX has helped me develop a greater understanding of the global economy, politics, and environment. I have not only gained the skill to express my opinions, but also broadened my perspectives. With the open-minded outlook of an "extemper," I seek to understand the intricacies of our world.
***I'm worried because my essay sounds disconnected and choppy when I read it to myself. How can I improve this?