December 10th, 2010
Most Significant Event in My Life
Life seems to take many twists and turns that somehow mesh into each other to form a chaotic knot of happenings. All of these occurrences are supposed to shape you into a wiser more experienced person. Many people can even pin point the exact moment in their life which was forever changed by a single event. When that event happens it becomes an unforgettable memory for you and teaches you a lesson that becomes one of the basic guidelines in your life. The event that forever changed me and was most significant to me was when I decided what I planned on doing for the rest of my life; choosing my major. I knew exactly what I would plan on doing my freshman year of high school, and that was working with kids who are less fortunate. I didn’t know what category that fit under, but that’s because I didn’t end up worrying about my major until the end of my junior year. I began putting all the pieces together of what I love doing and I figured out my career would be working as a Social Worker. I chose Sociology as my major in college and never second guessed it. There are many reasons as to why I decided this will be my future, but the main ones are my own passion, my teachers’ experiences, and the feeling anyone gets when they help someone they don’t know just because they want to, not because they’ll get something out of it. That, itself, is reward enough.
It all started when I did my first volunteer project in my freshman year of high school. What we did was re-model the girls’ bathroom for my school over a one week period. Even though it didn’t necessarily involve less fortunate kids, it still gave me a sense of pride and accomplishment knowing I helped an entire school full of my friends. At that point, I started thinking about my next service project and couldn’t wait to volunteer again. Before that, I always thought I would be the type to become a lawyer because I loved arguing and was good at proving my points. I wasn’t worried about going to school for eight years after college either, nothing was getting in my way of me going to Law School and passing the bar exam. But I was really young and something better came along, and I’m glad for that because I would have ended up doing something that isn’t right for me. I dropped the lawyer dream and pursued studying the society so I can have a better and higher chance of fulfilling my real dream. If I didn’t do that, I would be typing a completely different essay on a completely different significant event in my life that doesn’t have any relation to Sociology.
As I left my freshman and sophomore year behind me and approached my junior and senior year, I began thinking about my senior project and what I want to do, not what’s easy or would take the least amount of effort and time. My first idea was to job shadow my dad because I liked working with him, but I thought about it and didn’t want to do it 100%. My next idea was what I want to do for community service, and of course, I think back to my first experience with community service, which was helping others. I wanted to volunteer at a foster home because that’s first-hand experience of being around less fortunate kids and gaining knowledge of what a Social Worker does, however there wasn’t anything available within the time range I needed it to be. The next best thing was volunteering at a Boys & Girls Club. Yes, I still help children who need it, but I wasn’t able to be around a Social Worker like I hoped. It was still a good experience, though, because I was on my own and made my own decisions. I brought the idea to my advisor and she approved while I told her my next steps. I went to the closest club, filled out an application, met with my mentor, and began within the next month. I volunteered three times a week for a month adding up to more than 50 hours of community service with those kids. The things I did included...