Personal Narrative: A Way Gone

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I used to be so oblivious. I would attend school every day and criticize my surroundings, little did I know how much I actually had. Come junior year, I observed a flyer for a club called S.A.L.T. (Student-Athlete Leadership Team), it seemed interesting to me so I decided to fill out an application. During our first meeting at 6:45 in the morning, Coach Jones, the head of the club, explained, “I did not cut anyone since you will cut yourself, you will give up and you will not want to put the work in, so you will stop coming. As a result, I will know who our leaders are”. That proclamation was something that genuinely made me think.

At the beginning, I figured this club would just lecture me about leadership, but it ended up teaching me so
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We began to sell water bottles. Furthermore, we met with Aiken. We walked together, for three miles, to grasp what it would be like to execute that every day. In conclusion, we raised enough money to build one well, in addition to solar panels and doors on their school.

I decided to read the book A Long Way Gone by Ishmael Beah. It was about child soldiers in Sierra Leone, the same place where we had built the well. Learning about what these people live through every day was incredibly astonishing. I used to take my amenities for granted. I was incredibly selfish. I decided then that it was important to start getting involved and start paying attention to the world around me.

From then on, I have made it a priority to help others and be giving. Student-Athlete Leadership Team taught me to be a leader, a listener, a giver, and a role model for others. I realized that I am thankful for everything I have. This experience makes me want to help others as well as generate an impact on other people’s lives. I believe that I have become more understanding and more mature from this involvement. This club taught me more about life in less than a school year than I have learned over seventeen
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