Shannon Dance

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


What challenges have I been through?


In what ways have I started new challenges?


In what ways have I developed new skills?


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


In what ways have I worked collaboratively?


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


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

Creative 4/23/2013

Since the beginning of second semester, I started volunteering at Badillo Elementary every Tuesday for an hour by tutoring grades 1-6. Let me just start with, it is one of the most frustrating things I have ever done! Most of the children there don’t really care about learning and most are failing their grade. This impacts and saddens me because I know how important school is and I wish I could just tell them to pull things together, but they are just kids and they don’t understand so no matter what I say, such as the importance of college, it mostly won’t matter to them. This is why it frustrates me, because I will try and teach them how to do their work and then they will just decide to play and it doesn’t seem like any progress is being made. On the other hand, there are students who actually do want to learn but are severely struggling. I want to help those students as much as I can because I know they are frustrated and if something becomes too hard and they absolutely do not comprehend then they will give up. I want all of the students there to keep their passion for learning, even if they don’t like school, I want them to at least try. School isn’t the only thing that is hard, life is hard. So I don’t want them learning habits of giving up because you can’t give up on life.

Action 4/23/2013

I volunteered to coach my brother’s soccer team. We joined AYSO region 602’s fall season. The season consisted of nine weeks. Each week, I spent about six hours volunteering; two hours of practice twice a week and two hours of being at the games. There were twelve boys on the team, ages 10-12. They decided to name their team Young And Reckless! I had a lot of fun helping to teach something I am passionate about. I played soccer for 7 years which is 14 seasons. I never knew how hard it would be to actually be a coach though. Not only did I have problems with the boys a lot of the time, I found problems with myself. Even though I have a lot of experience with soccer, I found it hard to be creative and design game plans and practice methods. I definitely have a profound respect for all coaches now because I did not know all of the things they have to go through and being a coach really requires commitment. Also, I loved becoming closer to the boys. They were always so hyper and excited and being called “coach Shannon” gave me tingles. When a boy who was having trouble with something would finally get it and show the happiness from his achievements, I also felt happy because I helped him achieve his goals. This is definitely something I would consider doing again, but it would never become a career for me!

Service 4/23/2013

Me and my best friend Marissa Montoya volunteer at the special olympics every year. We work with Vons to make, literally, thousands upon thousands of sandwiches for the athletes. We spend about 6 hours making sandwiches, getting there at 8 and working until 2. Then we spend another two hours passing the food out. There is an assembly line that each bag and sandwich goes down, adding something else to it when it reaches a new area. There are about one hundred, possibly 150 at the most, participants each year who help make this happen. A lot of sweat and repetition goes into this work so it can get very tedious, boring, and annoying very quickly. However, I would do this every day of my life if I could. Everything that we endure is completely and utterly worth it when we go and give food to the athletes. They are just so incredibly kind and thankful with anything you give and say to them. They are so enthusiastic and feel so proud when they win a medal. They can sit and talk for hours with you! But even without saying any words at all, just the look in their faces makes it all worth while. Out of everything I have ever volunteered at or done any work at, this has been the most life-changing. You start to appreciate your life and everything you are blessed with more.I plan on volunteering here for as long as I can, for the rest of my life if I can!

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