Hi this is my response to the question below, thank you for any feedback in advance! I'm also not sure if I should expand on the first activity and get rid of the second, or use both.
Tell us more about ONE or TWO activities listed above that are most important to you.
Please explain the role you played and what you learned in the process. You will be asked for a reference who can speak to your response. (maximum 350 words)
When I walked in for my first shift as a volunteer at the senior center, I was on edge, distraught, and uncomfortable in a foreign environment. The fear from making a mistake kept me inside of my shell, and I became shy and preserved. Everything was out of the ordinary and I had a hard time connecting and finding a groove in this new environment due to my high expectations of myself. As I began to volunteer more and learn how to integrate myself in conversations or simple interactions with seniors, I became more comfortable and relaxed. These early conflicts taught me how to approach a situation with care and to pay attention to detail. Once I had established my own sense of being, I began to try and lead others or initiate conversations, becoming more confident in myself and learning from my past mistakes. These conversations were difficult to find common ground on, and tried my problem solving skills and maturity and overall helped me establish a better sense of respect in the workplace with my fellow volunteers and seniors. This experience in working with seniors has taught me many things, primarily the value of patience, an eye for detail, and hard work.
Over the summer I had a wonderful opportunity to participate in the Explore Program in Quebec to learn the French language and culture in Canada. Signing up with my close friends, I knew that it was going to be a memorable summer. As we were placed in our classes in which I did not recognize anyone. This forced me to come out of my comfort zone and make new friends and take the risk. As our classes progressed we became a close-knit community, like we had known each other for our whole lives. This experience taught me how to be an independent person, create meaningful bonds with people, respect our differences and work together to achieve a common goal while having a great time.