Achieving Through Difficulty
This typical university admissions questionnaire shows how we translate from Chinese into English.
If I asked your friends to describe you, what would they say?
- They would say I like to fit in, that I’m kind and optimistic. Also that I can laugh at a good joke and face up to my challenges.
A big difficulty: Please give an example of how you dealt with a problem. Describe the challenge and exactly how you overcame it.
- Three years in a row I headed up our class charity sale (2010-2012). I recruited workers, set prices, and kept track of our earnings. Each year, all our hard work paid off with a large contribution to charity.
- I had no experience and knew nothing about how to do a charity sale. But when my classmates showed such confidence in me, it gave me the heart to do the job.
- After we got started, my own confidence increased little by little. The job taught me how to lead and organize. I found how important it is to keep everybody in touch and with a job to do. And it was fun to put into practice a few of the things we had been studying about economics.
- My first time up to bat, too many donated items just did not look good enough to bring much of a price. I had to resort to propaganda and pleading to get teachers to pay good prices.
- My second shot at the job, I set a list of acceptable donations, and this got us off to a much better start. My third around, I set up teams which put donations in attractive packaging, to create a slide show, and to decorate our venue. It was a grand success!
What is your greatest achievement?
- No doubt about it — leading our class charity sale for three consecutive years taught me skills, brought me praise, and helped needy people.