When I consider my long list of achievements throughout High School, it is extremely difficult to pick just one that I am most proud of. I chose to make the absolute best of my time in school and enjoyed a number of extra-curricular activities. I place a lot of importance upon these activities as I believe that school is as much about the social and emotional development of a young person as it is academically. That said; I pride myself on being a hard-working student who always gives their best at all times. I do not see the point in turning up and only giving half the effort: if you’re going to do something, then do it properly. This attitude is reflected in my achievements. In particular, I was an honour roll student in my sophomore year and was a school-wide volleyball champion in both my sophomore and junior years.
Among my after school clubs, were a number of sports: gym club, swimming club, soccer club and paintballing club, as well as volleyball, of course. Not only have I proven myself to be physically able; I am also proud of my mental ability too and enjoyed participating in activities such as government club and folklore club. These latterly mentioned clubs represent my willingness to be involved and contribute to a school community: government club, in particular, was an opportunity to represent my peers’ opinions and views about the school as I was my class representative. I was extremely proud to represent my school in so many areas. I am a great asset to any community as I believe in putting in what I hope to get back in return: I do not believe in just taking; sometimes you must give too.
On top of this, I am a keen charity worker and have volunteered on several occasions in various roles. Something I am, perhaps, most proud of is the money which I, along with my classmates, helped to raise to fight poverty in Africa. I believe that we are all on this planet together and should help one another, as we would our own family. Closer to home, I worked on a voluntary basis to help clean up the school grounds as I wanted to see my prosperous school looked after in the way it deserves. I also volunteered in the canteen during my junior year as another way of giving something back to my school community. Also, during my junior year, myself and some classmates helped to raise money to fund a surgery needed by one of our teachers. We felt that it was important to give something back to someone who had already given us so much.
My work experience, while limited, has already provided me with an insight into the demands of working life. During the summer of 2009, I worked in the accounts department of Polmersan Polyester and Plastic. I learnt a number of practical skills that come with working in an office environment, while also learning several key skills that I believe are vital for college life: time management and efficiency. I was commended for quickly picking up new skills and fitting seamlessly into the department. It gave me a taste of a life I look forward to one day having, once my education has been completed.