Hi Everyone, With the UBC deadline just around the corner, I would really like some feedback on how I could improve my essay for this essay question. Any help at all would be greatly appreciated!Tell us about an experience, in school or out, that taught you something about yourself and/or the world around you. (maximum 200 words)
people suffer in Vancouver due to discrimination
While volunteering at the Chinatown Youth Leadership Program in the summer of 2016, I had the opportunity to meet a previously-homeless person that lives in the Downtown eastside of Vancouver. He had a touching story that changed my perspective on life.
He told me about his time on the streets where he would constantly be assaulted by law enforcement due to his aboriginal background and homelessness. After listening to him talk about his life and showing me his scars from the countless assaults, it was evident that he was a victim of discrimination. From listening to him talk he seemed as kind and genuine as any other person I have met. He made me realize that life was not full of sunshine and rainbows. This was a huge wakeup call for me.
Ever since this meeting, I have gotten much more involved with my community. I realized that there are many Aboriginal peoples, Chinese seniors, and homeless people suffering in the city of Vancouver due to discrimination. This leadership program really widened my understanding of these problems and has helped me find the motivation to help my community via my school's LEO club program.