2nd Semester Eleventh Grade
This year I joined HOPE, an environmentally aware club that takes steps to help the Earth, and this year we planned and initiated the school carnival. Through the carnival, I was able to grow as a student as I grew in skills for College and Career Readiness. By reaching out to other clubs asking if they wanted to join, then organizing all of them and making sure everything ran smoothly the day of the carnival, I was able to better understand what it takes to achieve success after high school, especially when trying to organize big social events, this helped me grow in my understanding of preparation for what is required for success in college and the work I would be doing during and after college. I realized that a lot more goes into big events like the HOPE carnival than we realize. Another example of how I grew in my college and career readiness was that I hadn't really done something like this before, so I had to quickly learn, successfully growing my ability to manage my own learning. I couldn’t just stop and ask people how certain things were supposed to be set up or manage, I had to take my best shot at something and hope it turned out alright. An example being when I was put in charge of a number of booths and sometimes people. We didn't have time to ask questions, so I just led the best I could I was able to see and experience the hard work and dedication of a group that wanted to achieve something big and realize that it was no easy task. For a couple of months before the carnival, students were working hard during our HOPE seventh period, and days before the carnival, students were staying after school, to get the stuff that needed to be done, done.
Before I had experienced the fulfillment of the HOPE Carnival, I hadn’t realized how much work really goes into organizing and developing a carnival. But now after it, I now have a greater appreciation when I see great projects being done and the people completing them. Before I might’ve not seen the point of working hard, for a period of time, for a single risky goal, but I now see that that’s how people achieve great things, and that risk will always be there. So because of this project when I go out into the world after high school, I will be better equipped. This would apply to both future academic and future personal goals
Besides the growth I achieved from the Carnival, I also grew from another project, the School Garden. The garden was started last year, but not much was achieved, until this year when I took charge, and became the manager. Through the garden, I was able to take action. I wasn’t happy with how things were going, so when the previous manager grew tired of the project and decided to let me become manager, I didn't complain or back out. Instead, I took action and started to seed more plants, as well as started to move towards a more organic approach. The hardest part was probably learning how to lead others, and gain their respect, but I’m slowly improving. When learning to lead I had the problem that at first people didn’t take me seriously, because how could they, one day I was the acquaintance, the next a manager. But through taking action, I also learnt that taking action did not always mean leading others, but sometimes that meant, me personally doing the work. It was an interesting learning process but now a few months later, the garden has almost completely changed, with sunflower stems bordering the perimeters, and different herbs, including tomatoes, potatoes, lettuce, radishes, corn and beans, growing in the middle.
Before I had the experience of being in charge of the school garden, I had less of an idea of what it took to take action and lead a group of people. Now I have a better idea of what people look for in a leader. Example being someone who is confident in their decisions, yet values input.
I also know how much confidence it takes to take action. Before I might of not wanted to take leadership of a project, for a fear of being unqualified, but now I’m more confident now, to the point where I realize that a project can derail if there is no leader to keep everything in check.