This is my response to the following prompt: Please briefly elaborate on one of your extracurricular activities or work experiences in the space below (1000 character maximum).
With my head held high, I walked back into the courtroom and took my seat. The tension in the air was palpable as I sat with bated breath, waiting for the judge to read the verdict. For me, this was the reason I joined Teen Court as a juror. In this program, a jury composed of teenagers sentence first-time offenders of misdemeanors. When I first discovered the Teen Court of (insert city name), I eagerly decided to participate. By listening in on the hearings and contributing to the sentencing process, I developed a real appreciation for my civic duty, to serve as a jury member. Furthermore, the trials grant me the opportunity to absorb the inner workings of the legal system, a field in which I hope to pursue a career. Not only does Teen Court teach me about court cases, but it also allows me to discern why other teenagers feel the need to commit misdemeanors. Most importantly, though, Teen Court offers me the chance to help other teenagers move on from their mistakes.
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