Prompt: Tell us about a personal quality, talent, accomplishment, contribution or experience that is important to you.
What about this quality or accomplishment makes you proud?
How does it relate to the person you are?
A significant episode in my life lay in the transformation from my sophomore year to junior year- coming to America and experiencing a brand new educational system. 6776 miles away from my hometown, I saw, heard, and felt this unique atmosphere in Los Angeles. Day by day, I aimed to adjust myself in this ineffable school life through participating school events and volunteering. Having been looking for self identity, I was enlightened by the opportunity to become a member in Student Leadership Counsel (SLC). I enjoy volunteering.
Toward the end of my junior year, I filled out the application for joining SLC as a "peer counselor" of the next school year. Weeks later, I was called to an interview with the school's principal and SLC counselor. During the ten-minute interview, I heard my own heartbeat, felt the sweat all over my palms, and lost the awareness to even change my position. Disappointed by my foolishness during the interview, I completely threw away the anticipation to get in SLC. However, to my surprise, I successfully got accepted.
Starting summer time, we had several meetings that urged us to draw up an agenda on what we would accomplish as a member in SLC in the next school year. In every week's meeting, I learned to be responsible for what I had promised to do, such as reminding students the SAT registration deadline, and making flyers that tells seniors what to do on college application. Because I myself was not an expert in counseling, I spent extra amount of time to ask and to research on this field beforehand. Despite fulfilling my own position, as a "leader" in the school, I sometimes volunteer for school events on weekends. For instance, I once promoted school's preschool as well as fund-raising program by passing out flyers in Chinese Festival. I enjoyed the connection with people because it broadened my knowledge that I would never see in any textbook.
Volunteering is essential for me since the experience has always supplied me with contentment and pleasure. Besides the price I need to pay to take part in helping, I grasp more on the privilege to witness real world and carry out my belief. It was not until I contributed to SLC did I undergo volunteering in practice and find out the meaning of life. Gradually, I found out the motivation for me to balance school work and extracurricular activities in fact directed me to be responsible and stay focus rather than surrendering myself to pressure. It reveals that I discover more about myself through other people. I am grateful for my opportunity to study in the U.S.; thus I insist on sharing my appreciation through volunteering.
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