There is a Quaker saying: ''Let your life speak.'' Describe the environment in which you were raised--your family, home, neighborhood or community--and how it influenced the person you are today. (200 words)
I lived in a neighborhood where adversity and prosperity both defined community. Despite its blaring, always festive atmosphere, the noise subsides when the hour of tragedy strikes. Instead of bursting into a requiem of grief, the people offer each other a song of solace. Their bond, that cord of kinship has instilled within me a great appreciation for "bayanihan", which means service or cooperation in Filipino.
I have grown up witnessing that piece of "good" in human nature. However, for a country that prides itself for having such a principle, the nation is plagued by poverty, blinded by corruption, and divided by dissention; one cannot help but become a critic. Yet despite that, I have lingered on to that feeling of community.
Growing up on both sides of the spectrum, I eventually became passionate about social work. Throughout high school I have enjoyed being part of community service organizations. I felt that by giving something back I would be able to safeguard those memories of amity in Cebu, Philippines and manifest them in my ways. I wish to promote that act of altruism in regions where such acts of unselfish concern are absent. I decided to give "bayanihan" a chance.All feedbacks are welcome. What do you guys think I need to add or cut but still keeping it close to the max of 200 words?