Albert Schelin

How am I growing in my own awareness of my strengths and weaknesses?

Hurdles

I am becoming more responsive to directions and implementing better communication skills, with fellow volunteers. Working the hurdles for Mrs. Archer was very entertaining, I definitely grew physically and mentally. I say physically because often I would be sore going into the hurdle movement and I would move up to seven of them regardless. I said mentally because of the same reason, I would often be sore and almost unable to lift them, but I would push through it and move hurdles because that’s what needed to get done and I was the one that needed to do it.

Campus Clean-Up

I am becoming a more caring person, pretty much all because of Ms. Foy. I now pick up trash as a hobby, after so many campus clean ups, I just immerse myself in the spirit of campus/ local cleanliness. The constant contact with trash has given me the ability to pick up trash wherever I see it. Before I wouldn’t have even considered cleaning up the street or campus, I assumed that it was the janitor’s job or custodians line of work but now, I find it an obligation. I guess I’m not too proud anymore, to help save our environment.

Coast Care

I believe that as a person, I was less open minded and apparently not very patient. Through my volunteer work at the Coast Care convalescent facility, I learned to accept the beliefs of others more, especially in regards to religion. I now have more of a connection to others and feel much less shy upon approaching a stranger, in which I need to communicate with. These patients taught me patience, which very well could have been considered a weakness before this experience. Long and interesting talks with patients helped me come out of my normal comfort zone with others and helped me become more social.

Toy Drive

I have realized that I may not be the most selfless person, but going out of my way every once in a while could really benefit those around me. I am no longer ashamed of helping others, this toy drive gave me pride in my work. Having the knowledge that I’m making some child’s Christmas a happy one brings me a great sense of achievement.

What challenges have I been through?

Hurdles

Moving hurdles across the football field proved and continues to be a challenge. I have a new found respect for the distance of the football field, especially when I’m carrying as many as seven hurdles at once. Another challenge our hurdle crew faced was the time in which the hurdles needed to be moved. We were on a strict time limit and the situation required speed and precision. The goal was to be as efficient and effective as possible in order to help our hurdlers be as successful and stress free as possible.

Animal Shelter

The harsh smell of the combined animal cages and kennels cannot be compared, overcoming the smell was a huge part of volunteering there. I considered even wearing a mask to better ignore the smell, but then I realized the impracticality of handling frightened animals.

Youth at Church

Teaching children while being an adolescent always seems difficult at least personally. I have had to speak with much more simple diction and display a great deal of persistence with my teachings as the children often need things repeated wither to help grasp a concept or because the simply weren’t paying attention. Through my church, the youth have really displayed growth in their spiritual involvement and knowledge of the Bible.

Blankets of Love

Volunteering for the blankets of Love program, the Charter Oak Women’s Club, and our own local PTA all gave me a challenging experience. Overcoming the tasks provided sometimes proved difficult due to my lack of experience. I overcame these obstacles by learning through trial by error.

Coast Care

At Coast Care, many of the patients don’t pay attention or tend to not care about what my intentions were, so as a result the acquisition of patience was important. The attention span of Convalescent patients is very similar to that of a common fly. The patients tended to be more focused on their next meal or going to the bathroom, which helps me once again gain more patience.

Toy Drive

Before this Toy Drive I wasn’t always the most appreciative of what I have, I had always taken getting toys for Christmas as a child for granted. Seeing the love for children no matter their economic state, gave me assurance that I was in the right place over the holiday break.

Giving Blood

I don’t think that anyone is exactly comfortable with needles, so not liking the thought of one staying in my arm for about a half hour seems normal. Through the repeated process of giving blood, I wouldn’t say I am immune to the pain or inconvenience of needles, I would just say that they annoy me less as I give more blood.

In what ways have I started new challenges?

Hurdles

The constant movement of hurdles and watching our track athletes at Charter Oak race, inspires me to become stronger and faster myself. It may sound uncorrelated, but I feel a sense of competition, especially when I work out on my own time. The new challenge that I have ahead of me is preparing for the next track meets and moving the hurdles faster and more accurately than the previous times. I also intend to compete athletically in some form, I just need to find an athletically competitive outlet.

Campus Clean-Up

Now I find it my goal to keep my campus and neighborhood clean. When I come across trash, I know exactly what I must do, whether I like the process or not. The amount of littered trash is infuriatingly large and seemingly endless, giving me plenty of work ahead. I honestly am not interested in recognition for picking up trash, but I am inspired to continue doing it, especially when I see my peers doing it. My classmate and friend Kory Brown selflessly picks up trash and cleans the bathrooms and locker room whenever he gets a chance, my goal is to be that selfless.

City of Ontario

Now I have the opportunity to volunteer each Holiday season at the same facility in the city of Ontario. It is my goal to remember where to go and when to be there, if I can bring some smiles to impoverished children during the holiday season, then I’m doing something right.

In what ways have I developed new skills?

Animal Shelter

Many of the trained professionals at the shelter showed proper techniques for handling cats and dogs, each with certain body language to avoid. I certainly took notes on which to avoid and come in contact with. Dogs and cats can both be highly territorial and will bite, if threatened by humans. I learned the techniques implemented for proper feeding, cleaning, and changing of bedding for the animals. The respect I gained for all of the regular volunteers was tremendous, since they are the ones that do the blunt of the work, and they also handle many of the animals. One day maybe I’ll have the skills that they do, to handle the animals directly and carry the kind of responsibility that they have.

WASC

I can definitely say that I learned a more cooperative way of thinking, especially in encompassing the problems of the majority rather than just personal problems. My listening skills also improved as I was needed for very briefs periods of time and the rest I jsut had to listen and absorb the core content of the conversations. The mutual gains of everyone is what I learned to look for while being in my group in preparation and discussion with the WASC committee.

Youth at Church

I developed more patient responses to very simple questions, children at my church have a lot of questions. My job is to be as friendly as possible and still get across the message of being a better person in Christ. I believe that this definitely helps with my people skills, it doesn’t allow me to be as sarcastic, which is probably a good thing.

PTA Breakfast

I know have the ability to participate in similar events, for instance if I wanted to participate in another Blankets of Love drive, I could make the blankets because I now know the correct process of making the blankets. The PTA breakfast event at Applebee’s was a very important life skill lesson that I could use in the future. To an extent I learned how to wait tables and serve food, which could prove very beneficial in the future.

Coast Care

I spend my time at the Coast Care facility in Baldwin Park trying to spread my faith to these people in dire need of it. It definitely taught me patience as most of them are not where they once were mentally, and have given up on life and almost everything in it. Spreading Christianity isn’t just about forcing a religion on someone, it is also about giving them a purpose, a hope, through volunteering at Coast Care, I learned this.

Volunteering

It may not be a skill that easily visible, but I can now say that I pride myself in my volunteer work, whatever it may be. I will give the best version of me possible to help others in need, despite the circumstance or event. From picking up some trash on the ground to giving toys to kids, I will now take pride in my work.

In what ways have I shown perseverance and commitment to my activities?

Hurdles

Moving very heavy hurdles from long distances, as the situation requires instilled a deep determination within me. My goal was to be as effective and efficient as humanly possible. I enjoy giving my fellow Charter Oak Chargers the best of my abilities, its a shame I didn’t just join track. Though it would be a mystery as to who would end up moving the hurdles in such a timely manner, since out of the hurdle crew, I normally move the most.

Youth at Church

Children ages 5-10, definitely think of things completely unrelated to Christ during Church, it is my job to make sure they at least understand the topics discussed, forcing me to have to repeat and almost translate teachings and messages into much simpler forms. Many parables in the Bible can be more advanced lessons and therefore become tough to teach to children with low attention spans. My persistence and perseverance tend to be the only things keeping me sane while repeating ideas and concepts so many times.

Blood Drive

From the Charter Oak Blood drives and giving blood to the our American Red Cross, it has enabled me to see the need for giving blood. My blood type is one of the rarest in the world, so consequently, I should give some of it every chance that I get. The fact that I have given without the school shows perseverance and I will continue giving blood to those in need, through either the Red Cross or the City of Hope for years and years to come.

In what ways have I worked collaboratively?

Hurdles

Our hurdle crew emphasizes speed through cohesiveness. The only way we would manage to be so effective while moving hurdles is to move hurdles as a group, otherwise we would be really ineffective and slow. The use of collaboration and cooperation with other events and schools enables me to say that I have learned better teamwork from working hurdles. Our coordinated movement of hurdles and strategic division gives us one of the fastest set up times out of the Sierra League.

WASC

The WASC preparation groups formed were precisely formed to create a more collaborative environment in preparation for the WASC committee. My group focused on the vision of the school and our new goals in not only academics but overall school experience for the students, staff, and parents. The collaboration between all of the above created a much needed voice for improvement of our school and its resources. The entire point of preparing for WASC was to address as many of the problems as possible through a wide variety of opinions and perspectives.

Teaching at Church

The entire process of collectively learning and teaching at my Church is produced by the incorporation of collaboration. I have to spread messages to the other youth, and that means being hand in hand with my pastor and her messages. My coordination mainly relies on what she is doing for the day’s message, I rarely stray from what my pastor does. I just work to make it easier for the children to understand.

Campus Clean-Up

Cleaning the campus, especially at such a large high school, would be very time consuming alone. So the help of others is greatly appreciated, as the saying goes, the more the merrier. The collective cooperation creates a more effective and orderly campus clean up. Dividing up the school into separate zones for cleaning also contributes to a more successful cleaning experience.

Volunteering

I had to work with others quite often throughout the processes involved. For the Blankets of Love, once the initial instruction process was over, it was mainly a solo effort. For the PTA breakfast event it was almost entirely a cooperation between other volunteers and a coordinated effort is exactly what was necessary for a more successful event. Lastly the set up for the Women’s Club Bunco night and used solely collaboration by setting up about thirty tables and about ninety chairs with the help of others around.

Toy Drive

Through the Toy Drive, I ended up relying almost entirely on the communication and collaboration with fellow volunteers. The entire event was a partner event, involving the direct communication with others for the benefit of the children. I have learned a better sense of compromise in others’ time of need. My partner and I didn’t necessarily always see eye to eye on every toy, but we made it through the Toy Drive through good teamwork and compromise.

Blood Drive

Through the collective experience of the nurses that collect my blood and my fellow blood donors, we have saved lives, especially having such a rare blood type like AB negative. The City of Hope uses my donation to help cancer patients through their long recovery process and I am content knowing that I helped save someone’s life.

In what ways have I been engaged in issues with global importance?

Animal Shelter

Worldwide, animals are mistreated and neglected. The mistreatment and abuse of animals is a very relevant issue, just because humans are more intelligent doesn’t mean abuse is necessary. Many of the animals at the facility were abused and therefore don’t trust humans, causing themselves to not be adopted. Domesticated animals deserve the love and care of humans, no matter what country it may be.

Youth at Church

I believe that assisting the youth at my church helps teach me how to be a more well-tempered person, but mainly I believe that helping them is preparing the next generation of Christians and our future workers. These young kids are going to support the country one day and I have to make sure that they are moral and practical people. I personally input virtues of responsibility and love for fellow human beings into them. They have become very well behaved and well mannered children, not just because of me, but because of their own good sources of character.

Campus Clean-Up

Global Warming isn’t going away and picking up as much trash as I can is preventing at least some excess pollution. As it is most humans’ carbon footprints are incredibly large, making the world incapable of endlessly sustaining out destructive ways of life, adding littered trash and polluted oceans from that trash definitely doesn’t help. My job is to continue to pick up trash until the day that I die.

Coast Care

As people from the Baby Boom era are growing older, many of them are put in convalescent homes and require government assistance or assisted living. This process is literally very taxing on the younger, smaller working class. The difficulty supporting these types of government programs is the very reason why as an adult, I should not only join the working force but also help spare some time at homes like Coast Care and volunteer.

Toy Drive

Poverty is a global and very widespread issue. I would like nothing more than to say that poverty isn’t a large problem in the world, but unfortunately it is. The United States isn’t the poorest country in the world, nor is it even close, doing this toy drive made me realize how worse off children from 3rd world countries must be during the holiday season. Maybe one day I can help them find joy during the happiest time of the year with a toy drive.

Blood Drive

Blood is of scarcity worldwide, it is needed everywhere for basic operations and medical procedures. My blood could perhaps be used outside of the United States. The blood shortages worldwide are real and could really play a crucial role in determining the lives of millions, that is why I must continue giving blood.

What are the ethical or moral implications of what I’m doing and learning?

Animal Shelter

I believe that helping out animals in need is incredibly important, and keeps my morality intact. With regards to the actions of cleaning the animal poop and feeding and changing bed arrangements, we are merely sustaining these poor and abandoned creatures. I have learned that the animal shelter has to kill the ones that aren’t adopted in time, or prove to be a danger to those around it, this broke my heart. I love animals, especially cats and dogs, but the facility can’t support or sustain that number of animals.

Coast Care

I believe giving very old people, very close to death, even a glimmer of hope is very important. Though I can’t necessarily say that spreading my religion is ethical, I do think that it gives these people a second chance and a reason to either carry on living in anticipation for God’s final plan for them, or help ease the topic of death to them.

Blood Drive

My blood donation could be the determining factor of whether or not someone lives or dies. The sheer magnitude of someone’s life really impacts me and makes want to never stop giving blood. I have a clear path that I must choose, to continue giving blood, with research on the correct facilities. I will find out where my blood goes and who needs it more.

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