Explain how you responded to a problem and/or an unfamiliar situation. What did you do, what was the outcome, and what did you learn from the experience? (maximum 200 words)
Using Skill Set to Adapt
In a professional environment, possession of a broad skill set is key to success. You can never foresee what onerous situation you may be placed in, but having the ability to adapt to said situation will most definitely relieve said pressure. While volunteering at the Schenectady Mission Soup Kitchen, I noticed a certain couple seated in the back corner had not yet received their meals. A fellow volunteer was attempting to take their order, her face flushed, often stopping to ask "Wait, what?" As I make my way over, I realize that they are not speaking English, but rapid Spanish. The other volunteer was understandably confused, not having the skill set to adapt to the situation. However, being enrolled in a college level spanish class, I find myself quite comfortable with the language. I walk to the table, introduce myself, and begin to take their order in the best spanish I could muster. A rye smile spread across the face of both couples as I took their order to the kitchen. Unfamiliar situations should not be viewed as a burden, but as a learning experience for everyone involved.