Service as Action 2018-19

1.How did you become more aware of your own strengths and areas for growth?

I realized throughout my numerous service activities that there were  certain parts of activities that I can always  do well no matter in what context, like communication and understanding,  but there were always parts that I either can’t do well in or  just can’t do it in general,  like communicating in other languages,

2. How did you undertake challenges that developed new skills?

Since usually, challenges that develop new skills are new and completely unknown, I would approach it with calmness and try to clear my mind to have a new and logical way of thinking towards the challenge problem.

3. How did you discuss, evaluate and plan student-initiated activities?

I usually plan out how I want things to pan out, then I create a chart similar to an action plan or Gantt chart to separate tasks and to simplify such a big task. Because there are usually unexpected problems that come up during the process I always have to have a good relationship with my co-workers to communicate well, think critically and efficiently with each other to solve problems.

4. How did you persevere in action?

I was always on my feet, ready to face any challenges that may come in the way, and when there is, I think critically and ask for my co-worker’s opinion to weigh out the options and go with the one that is the most logical and effective.

5. How did you work collaboratively with others?

I always welcome others by making them feel comfortable in work groups and ask for everyone’s opinions before making bigger decisions. I also try to be there for every group member when they need help no matter the situation. In conflicts between the group, I try to be neutral/fair and think of a solution to suit all sides of the argument.

6. How did you develop international-mindedness through global engagement, multilingualism and intercultural understanding?

I have communicated with many different people in my activities, such as the elderly, younger generations, people with mental and physical disabilities, and people around the world. Through these experiences, I have developed multiple skills that have improved me as a person in aspects that I didn’t know I could ever get better at, for example, presentation/public speaking, small talk, expressing myself and using other languages.

7. How did you consider the ethical implications of your actions?

After all the activities that I have done, I have reflected on how each project has helped people or the environment, creating a now current habit of mine to start thinking about how my decisions and actions can impact the world. I started carrying my  own metal straw and reusable bottle to prevent any unnecessary usage of plastic, chose a better option if a certain food has a more unrecyclable packaging etc.