Barbara Martinez

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

Farmer Boys

A little over a year ago, I began attending Farmer Boys every weekend to complete my CAS hours. I am only counting the hours completed from July to October for this reflection, but by analyzing the entire period I attended, I will be able to express my strengths and weaknesses in a more efficient manner. When I first began attending Farmer Boys, I would get extremely nervous as soon as my stepdad began driving to the restaurant. After a few weeks, this fear turned to excitement, and I would actually look forward to visiting the restaurant. This was one of the weaknesses that I soon turned to a strength, and it helped me in future interviews, because I was not afraid of entering a new environment.

What challenges have I been through?

Latino Unity

I am the vice president of Unity Club this year and the president of Latino Unity. It has been an interesting challenge to work together with the presidents and other members to make Unity Fair happen this year. We not only want it to happen, but we also want it to be a success, and this is where the challenging element comes in. Unity used to be a very popular event at our high school, but as years progressed, it has lost popularity. Instead of just wanting the event to take place, all of the unity members and I have thought of ways to make Unity be different this year. This challenge is not over yet, but I know that we have worked hard and that our efforts will pay off.

In what ways have I started new challenges?

In what ways have I developed new skills?

Interacting with People

All of the activities I have participated in involve interactions with people, and this has improved the way I interact with others, especially in a working environment. I have always stood up for myself, but at Farmer Boys I learned that “the customer is always right” (annoying) even if they are completely wrong and make you look like an idiot. I remember a day during my first months at the restaurant when a family came in and ordered their food. I took out their order, and about 15 minutes later they called me over to their table asking for a refund because one piece of lettuce had a speck of dirt on it. this was not dirt; it was a mark left by the crispy bacon that had been laying on top of it. I had to listen to them rant, complain and criticize everything, and I got extremely annoyed because I couldn’t say anything back. I eventually lost it and rolled my eyes unconsciously, and let’s just say they were not very happy about of that.
Over the months spent at Farmer Boys, I was more able to control these feelings and emotions, and when I faced a similar situation in September, I managed to go through it with a smile on my face.

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

In what ways have I worked collaboratively?

Decorating for Unity Fair

Unity would not work out if people did not collaborate with one another to finish specific tasks. The most recent event where people had to collaborate was during the decoration of the Unity Fair poster. Every club had to send in a member or two to help trace, outline, and paint the poster. It was obvious that everyone thought it was frustrating to work together with others because not everyone had the same levels of commitment or ability. Artistic people spent their time outlining and making everything look pretty, while artistically impaired people like me did not. I tried, which was what mattered, but not all of the people helping actually tried. On the other hand, the poster cannot be finished on time with the work of only two or three people, so all of the help offered was appreciated in the end. This shows that people need to collaborate as much or as little as they want, but in the end it will make a difference.

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

Breaking Down Oppression

I have been engaged in issues with global importance by being involved in Unity. Even though Unity only involves members from our school, we come from all over the world. One issue that has been present through time is racism and discrimination based on nationalism. In Unity Fair, all of the groups present at school come together and share a little bit of their own culture with the rest of the school. It may not seem that important to others, but I think it is an extremely significant event that should matter to all nationalities.
When I had just arrived from Mexico, I started attending school and my English teacher found out about my nationality. She kicked me out of her class saying that it was impossible for a Mexican to succeed in her class two months after she had arrived in this country (even though I spoke English).
I personally know what it is like to be oppressed, and Unity breaks down these barriers between nationalities from all around the world. In short, we may not be making a huge impact on the world as a whole, but we are impacting small groups from many different places.

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

Service 1/22/2013

I have been helping at Farmer Boys in Baldwin Park. I basically do anything the othere workers do without getting paid. Since my sister is the manager there, she can make me do anything she wants,so I have learned a lot in just two days. At first i started by just serving coffee and cleaning tables, but on the second day, i took some orders with the help on my sister and i delivered some orders to the tables. I know i will be bale to learn more as I spend more time there, and I am really looking forward to it.

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