Wesley Chen

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

Volunteering at the Library

Working in the library at school with Mrs. Hauser shelving books and helping others has made me realize that i have strengths such as balancing my school work and the time helping Mrs. Hauser. I’m not usually an extrovert type of person whom would like to interact with others, but as the person helping others find books it involves interaction with strangers. Stepping out of my comfort zone has made me realize it is not a big deal what so ever.

Engaging Others

I am primarily growing more aware of my weaknesses rather than my strengths through my volunteer hours. I’ve realized that through my volunteer hours I’m more comfortable to work on the assignment alone rather than with another person because I realized that I know my capabilities and I myself do not have to rely on another person to complete the task. Another weakness I have noticed between my junior year and my senior year would be my interaction with people during volunteer hours. Whenever I volunteered I usually preferred a task that didn’t have to involve engagement with other people as I was fairly introverted.

What challenges have I been through?

Giving Blood

Giving blood was a challenge for me as it was my first time giving blood. I did not know what I expected. I didn’t realize that i could become so unconscious just by lying in one spot before.

IB

Being an IB student I have to balance my time, whether it is homework, extra curricular, or community service. I learned to manage my time better, getting to work immediately and getting my homework done promptly.

In what ways have I started new challenges?

In what ways have I developed new skills?

I learned to interact with complete strangers for the sake to help them. It is nice shelving books, and learning the Dewey decimal system. Working in the library has taught me a valuable lesson in the real world, where I might be the guy who’s the cashier at the back and the students checking out their books are the customers.

Engaging Others

In my senior year, I developed the skill to be more extroverted, I was willing to communicate and take on other volunteer opportunities that allowed me to interact with others. For example working in the library would be the primary one where I have to interact with people coming in and out asking for books and material that they might need, but at the same time I also get to work on my own shelving books which I also like to do.

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

Giving Blood

At one point I felt so uncomfortable giving blood that I wanted to just quit, however I knew that giving blood was for a good cause so I persevered through the uncomfortable moments.

Library

I always have showed up to help Mrs. Hauser, she’s an extraordinary person to work with. I never deny the chance to help someone in the library as i feel as it is my duty to help them out

In what ways have I worked collaboratively?

I have worked with Mrs. Hauser shelving books, it gets the job done quick and efficiently. At first it was a dreadful thing to do as I was quite slow, but as it progressed, it got easier. I had fun doing it as it was like a treasure hunt, looking for the right spot for the book.

Sadies Set Up

I helped work with the library and key club to set up the marriage booth during sadies. It was a collaborative effort to get it up the day of sadies. There were some missed communications here and there but it wasn’t a major issue as to getting the booth up and running before the event.

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

Giving Blood

As I mentioned earlier about how uncomfortable it was as I was giving blood with the needle sucking the life out of me. I knew that giving blood as for a good cause. My blood could help a sick child recover and that’s what helped me persevere through those uncomfortable moments. In the end it made me realize how much one person’s blood can help other people that they might not know.

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

Service 1/28/2014

Volunteering in Key Club was a great way into getting to know the community and the organization and its affiliates. Each time I volunteered it was a different experience each time, some may be more difficult than other, some were to be more fun and relaxed. I remember decorating the floats for the Rose Parade to be the most daunting task. Walking into the event thinking that it shouldn’t be that difficult, it was pretty difficult as it took a lot of time and patience. We started the day off scrubbing a float that someone else messed up the prior day, that already made the task different than everyone else’s. It was confusing as to what the event coordinator wanted us to do. She made us wash and scrub the float for 2 hrs, with hardly any progress until we decided that it was stained to the point of no return. I didn’t understand why we had to scrub off the residue or whatever it may be left the previous day off the paint, couldn’t they just have painted it over? I offered the suggestion but it shot down quickly. Decorating the float was not even an option for me however, I was the one left to pick out the many imperfections in the materials they had to use. For example, picking out the perfect petals and such. It took awhile, but it was done. However, it was nice seeing how much effort everyone put in and like getting an exclusive look as to what the floats looked like before the parade. Another event that was relatively more fun than the decorating, was the homecoming parade, it was nice to get together with my fellow keyclubbers and display our pride. I had fun representing the club and the values that they stand for.

Action 1/21/2014

Over the summer I was volunteering at St. John Evangelical Lutheran church with my friends. We were there to help aid other proctors with their duties during summer school. Activities included arts and crafts,carrying sports equipment, and filling goody bags. It was a different experience as the kids that attended the summer school were younger than my age, they ranged from kindergarteners to the 6th graders. It was hard communicating with them other than to give them instructions as to what to do as there was not much in common to talk about to fill the time. However, I found that during the athletic period, I found that playing sports with them was more fun as I would always let them win and seeing the joy on their face brings a smile to my face, and I myself am a winner. It reminded me of my childhood that seemed long ago, to go out and play sports with my friends without a worry about summer homework. Throughout the whole week as I was volunteering there I was given the ropes as to what to do by a lovely woman named Arlene. Her being so kind really impacted me into thinking that volunteering for charity is fairly fun and that I might come back next year. Prior to volunteering at a church, I never realized the fully potential as to what volunteering could to do a person, it could bring joy to the people you are helping and to yourself at the same time.

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