ESSAY #2: In an essay of 300 words or less, choose one extracurricular activity, work experience or community service project from the list you provided on the application and explain why you initially chose it, why you continued with it, and how you benefited from it.
Friends, my essay is about a volunteering experience. Please do me a favor to look through my essay for UIUC, thanks a billion!
I am an enthusiastic volunteer who has special compassion for children. I devoted myself in tutoring programs and initiated a service learning project, "Dream beyond Your Limit", together with my three fellow schoolmates. My group proposed to organize activities for two groups of children, namely ones from underprivileged backgrounds and ones fighting against terminal illness as we believe that by offering our love and care, we would be able to restore hope and confidence in their broken hearts. During interaction before the onset of major activities, I found our goal a big challenge. We had overlooked the difference in psychological conditions of these children from the rest: they are apparently innocent kids who feel abandoned and lost; they were easily upset and resort to violence rather than logical reasoning to alleviate anxiety; they demanded attention but could hardly express themselves properly to gain acknowledgement. When we eventually launched the activities, our efforts were handicapped by lack of professional psychology and social work expertise as we were incapable of handling a large crowd of children. We, however, continued and improved the activities to call for their emotional responses. We believed that our perseverance would bring our message across to them that one should not give up one's aspirations easily; moreover, lethal diseases and poor family environment were barriers that could be overcome. At the end of the project, the group and the children established valuable friendship, fueling the children's desire to achieve personal goals. The project not only benefited the participants, but also the organizers who were equipped with project management skills, team spirit and, most importantly, better understanding of the needs of children and other disadvantaged groups. I also decided to pursue a psychology major since then to offer specialized help to the psychologically vulnerable groups.