| #2 (permalink) Sun Oct 24, 2010 16:13 pm Describe a major obstacle you have faced
|Describe a major obstacle you have faced in your professional, academic, or personal life. How did you overcome this obstacle? How did this experience foster your personal and professional development?
I was the president of Roller skating club in our university. By organizing several performances and coordinating daily training, I gradually gained the trust of our members. A choice confronted me in the general election; there were two candidates, one was my assistant, who often helped me deal with daily work, but was used to spending the fund freely. The other was a skillful player, but lacking in experience of organizing activities.
In the Roller Skating world, prowess of the president usually represents the level of the whole community. Thus I recommended the latter to the Committee in the election. After that, I was engaged in my personal affairs and was less involved in club activities. Six months later, I discovered by accident that our club was totally in a mess. My previous assistant had left to study abroad. It became difficult for the new president to establish his reputation and to assign tasks. His enthusiasm had gradually declined.
It was my fault. I should have assisted him to adapt to his new position, and should have considered the emotion of all our members. But I did had not. I felt ashamed for betraying people’s trust. I became afraid to go to the parking area where we used to play. Everyone seemed to blame me. I dare not to look at previous presidents’ scornful eyes. Sometimes I could not help thinking of our past days, and perhaps I would never confront those friends again in our play yard, and then I could not imagine any more.
On June 6th, the great festival for all roller skaters, I dd not celebrate with friends in the club as before, but stayed in a small coffee house with my best friend. He warned me: If the club still had no leader should you really feel guilty for people not trusting you.
His words awoke me. Hiding as an ostrich only reflected my selfishness. It meant nothing but damage to the interests of all people who love Roller Skating. This is not what I do! I found the current president, told him of my regret, and invited him to help me handle the crisis. From that day on, we set our minds on the recovery of the club ,and put down all other things, stopped the preparation for CFA test, called off the coming GRE, and even lost some classes at school. Finally the community came back on track and the new president successfully won others’ support through activities we held during this period.
This experience accelerated my maturity, taught me to think comprehensively, and especially helped me realize the complexity of personnel issues in organizations. What’s more, this experience deepened my understanding of responsibility, showing me that a person lives not only for himself.
Nicely written Glorning. Make sure you review this work before starting your next essay.
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