An Experience Made Me Become More Confident in Myself

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John Ng
English 151A
05/03/12

An experience made me become more confident in myself

When I took my last year in High School, I was thrilled and astonished since the seniors usually had lots of free time to take a rest and prepare for college. However, in my high school, I had to do the “quest project” which combined essays and presentations. To be honest, I was not interested in the project because my writing and speaking skills were not my strengths, and also I was a shy and gutless guy who couldn’t be comfortable talking in front of people. There were many difficulties to overcome in order to finish this project, but I felt more confident about going to college after doing it. The first thing in my mind when I thought about my “quest project” is how important the project would be for me when I went to college. I knew I had to do it, but I was very disappointed because the seniors in some of the other local High Schools did not have to do anything like these meaningless tasks for their graduation. For us, we had to volunteer somewhere outside the school, and then write essays to describe the experience we had faced doing our volunteer jobs. Furthermore, in order to finish the project, we had to do a Power Point presentation in front of the school's panelists about those experience. I thought it was fine at first although English was not my mother language. However, I did not have many friends in the class, and sometimes I did not understand exactly what teacher told us to do. The result was that my grade was very bad. So it seemed as if the path ahead began to dim, and I was afraid I would lose my way. Then I could not take any more bad grades. Therefore, I decided to ask my teacher for help. As I walked into his office he greeted me with a smile. His round glasses accented his tanned oval face. He listened attentively while I described my challenges and my insecurities. One thing was clear, even if I doubted myself, this man had confidence. He told...
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