Example #1 – Personal Experiences in a Lifetime
Would you want to live forever? My position on this topic is equal upon yes and on no. This question has puzzled many others and me. Many things affect me, and make me think that I would, however some point towards the rejection of this statement. Throughout the years, the eye of the public and the eye of god have witnessed many happenings and events. From the dawn of man to Martin Luther King, from the discovery of fire to the discovery of nuclear energy.
As the world turns, mother nature takes its course and plays a vital role in the construction of new generations. Facts and ideas get passed along from one generation to another, so if one was to live forever they would be able to witness everything. From discoveries to inventions, serial killers to world leaders and watch their families grow through the ages and eventually die. What are the benefits of living forever? Besides watching human life and the universe evolve, the person can personally see the change of the world, its development, and the swaying of attitudes among all. The future holds answers that can only be answered by time, but every being has his or her time, the time to die, and that time will arrive eventually. But imagine outliving all, the possibilities are uncanny.
This wonder, fantasy is the same concept of Peter Pan and Never Never Land. To never age and grow old, to see loved ones go by, friends and family. Since the possibilities of what one can do are limitless, then this state of living forever is a sort of never-ending role-playing game, and every kid living on this earth, with a limited lifespan knows that sooner or later you will get bored of the game and want to call it quits. But, how will one call quits to life, a life which in theory would seem to become boring after experiencing everything this world has to offer! r. Wouldn’t that be the greatest thing about living forever?
That your enjoyment of sports, foods, friends, and loved ones would be renewable. That when one thing goes another thing arrives. Have you ever experienced death? Obviously not personal but in the family or of someone close to you. It’s hard to let go, and hard to put your thoughts and feelings about that person behind you. People will tell you to go on with your life, and that it’s all a part of life, living and dying. Imagine experiencing the hell of losing someone over and over and over and over again. The pain and agony that you would have to suffer through are agonizing just thinking about it. Ah first love.
The first date, the first holding of hands, the first kiss, and the first death. Ah, second love. The second date, the second holding of hands, the second kiss, and the second death. Visualize going through these stages every century, knowing that you will never meet your beloved up in heaven, and knowing that every other woman or man you see, you will feel as though you are betraying the others. The whole fantasy of love and relationships would all be part of the ongoing game, however, this is ! not an ongoing change.
The woman or men you would meet throughout the ages would be somewhat of exact copies because your image, attitude, personality, and yourself, in general, would not have changed and therefore the same type of woman or men would be attracted to you and this, in turn, would become monotonous. What about other people’s opinions?
Many texts and oral presentations have been produced concerning our society and their view that they must fit in. That one must fit the image that every generation has a hazily set. But if you are to live forever that would set in the minds of others that you are some sort of freak that never dies and a weird person that, just isn’t?t normal. And nobody likes someone that isn’t normal, because they wouldn?t know what to expect from them, and what their idea of fun is. Not that you would be considered as an alien from Mars, even though they could be interacting with us by then, but as someone who is outdated because it would obviously take time to become accustomed to the way of life at that time.
Do you believe in reincarnation? The ancient Egyptians believed that when one person dies, he is brought back to this planet in another state. Not like a state of liquid or gas, but of an animal or species. I myself, and even if you think it weird, believe in re-incarnation and would like to believe it. I believe that God sends everyone to earth as a human or homo-sapien, and then as another being so that they can experience life in numerous different ways and directions.
So if one was to live forever he or she would be interrupting god’s natural path. Like the ancient Muslims believed, God has set a course for each individual and that path must not be disrupted. If one was to live forever, then what is the purpose of the competition? The whole purpose of humans is to compete with and among each other, for love, money, fame, and so on. But who will always come out on top and conquer all the odds? The person that is living forever.
The reason being that his efforts are limitless and the father time and mother nature are both on his or her time. You already have conquered nature by being able to live forever, and by living forever you have all the time in the world to make decisions about what you would like to do and where you would like to go. By now the pattern is clear that competition is at an end for you if all the supernatural forces have been defeated by a human defect, and the game of life is drowning on.
Life is like a box of chocolates? said Tom Hanks in the Oscar-winning film, Forrest Gump. Within me, this statement seems reasonable, as life goes on sweet and great things keep happening, but like if you encountered the end of t! he chocolates then all is sad, and in contrast with life, people die.
However, the person living forever would always be humored because the chocolates are everlasting, and as the sweet taste of chocolate, life would be even sweeter. 1934, Jesse Owens is victorious in the Olympics. 264 BC, emperor Honorius of Rome banned gladiatorial bouts. 1749, John Cleland imprisoned for debt. 1960, John F. Kennedy elected president of the United States of America.
These are a few of the billions and billions and billions of events that have passed and gone by like a leaf through the wind. Imagine one person alive to witness all of man’s failures and victories, all of mother nature disasters and glorious makings.
The world is full of wonderful things just waiting to be discovered. I would be honored to live forever and throughout eternity and be able to see things go by. However one condition would have to be fulfilled before and that would have to be, having my family with me to share all the wonderful sites and share all the memories.
I walked into the house from the basketball practice at six pm. The remains of the vase that was on the stand beside the door, lay at my feet. The furniture in the living room was tipped and topped over and anything fragile had been thrown and had shattered. Mother sat on the bottom step crying, her arms a mass of cuts and gashes.
“What happened?” I practically yelled. I ran over to Mom and threw my stuff down beside her. “What the hell happened?”
“Your dad and I got into a fight. He left,” she said sympathetically.
“Where? Where’d he go? What happened?” I still didn’t have any answers. “Did he leave a number? Anything?”
“No. He went to Gainsville. He was pissed. Calm down, Ashley,” she was in no condition to deal with me. But at 10, I was selfish and didn’t care.
I ran upstairs and slammed my door. The ceramic elephant that was on the shelf two minutes ago, now lay on my floor shattered. I threw everything my mother had given me on the floor and jumped onto my bed, balling. I blamed him for leaving on her.
The next morning, I sat up in bed and blinked. My dad was sitting on the foot of my bed, looking at the remains of the elephant. I thought I was dreaming.
“Daddy?” I asked, totally clueless.
“Yes, Sweetheart. I just came by to ask you something. Your mother and I are splitting up. Would you like to live with me or your mother?” he was very direct about it all.
“You!” I almost shouted loud enough for Mom to hear.
“Ok. I’ll come by to get you at 7 tonight. Be ready,” he got up and kissed my forehead then left.
That evening, at seven o’clock, I was all ready to leave. He didn’t show up. He didn’t show up the next day, the next week, the next month, or the next year. I’m 13 now, and my Dad still hasn’t come for me.
Example #3 – A Personal Experience of Teaching Students Who are Grappling to Master English as a Second Language
I was born in Taiwan, and I went to the United States after completing my undergraduate degree in 2012. I had undertaken the English Language Institute (ELI) before I started my Master’s degree in improving my English. I had not only improved my English but also learned American culture at ELI.
Afterward, I started my Master’s, English as a Second Language, at the University of Tennessee. As an international student, I had not taught a class before. I began teaching other students after acquiring expertise in education. It granted me an opportunity to grab tactics necessary for teaching students who are grappling to master English as a second language.
Presently, I am studying MAT English as a second language (k-12) specialized in Teacher Licensure k-12 at Carson-Newman University after my 2015 graduation. As of now, I am doing preparation for the PRAXIS exam and teaching in Jefferson County High School, and new market Elementary School.
I have been meditating for a while, considering a move for an Education program to foster my strength considering my unfamiliarity with America. One of my family’s friends suggested a move for the Teacher Education option given the fact that he is a Chinese teacher in the USA. I thought for a while since teaching job seems fine and I can easily inquire for his aid while I am seeking as degree completion and licensing. Nonetheless, it was evident during my practicum experience that my enthusiasm for teaching is low, especially handling the children, but my interest is centered on management and administration.
I had an internship at AGV Products Corporation. AGV is a food and beverage produce Corporation. I was in the Department of Administration in AGV, and I had experienced in data collection, minutes of meetings, and planning management. My superior taught me how to analyze those data to make plans, and record minutes of meetings.
Also, I took the Administration Management course at Tamkang University. The purpose of this course is related to the knowledge that will be tested in the Civil Service Examinations in Taiwan. I had learned how to plan, organize, and coordinate to achieve the effectiveness and efficiency of management in this course.
Another important factor is that my father owns a tea factory, which he co-founded with his friend two years ago. It is a family business dealing with the sale of Ali Mountain tea. Also, my father co-founded a Buckingham Palace Wedding Hall in Chiayi, Taiwan. Therefore, he wants me to gain knowledge in management and human resources so that I can help him on my return after improving my skills. Otherwise, I know that “people” is the core of the organization.
People are an important factor that drives changes in different areas such as environment, system, and technology in the company. In other words, a company owning precious human resources has the capability to face challenges in this century. Therefore, I believe it is necessary for me to absorb knowledge in human resources management when I decide to work in the family business. Also, gaining a degree in human resources management will help me persuade other workers and prove my ability.
Consequently, Masters of Science in Management & Human Resources (MSMHR) can help me learn more about organizational behavior and management. This program would enable me to develop skills and understanding of human resource management to pursue a career in this field or to work in my father’s company on returning to my parent’s country.
A piece of advice that I often receive is “as long as you do your best.”This refers to success in everything from school to career. I believe that this is good advice because it tells me that they trust my judgment and will respect my decisions, even if they are the wrong ones.
This helps to take the pressure off of me when I am going to school because I don’t have to live up to certain standards and try to accomplish goals that are unattainable. Instead, I can just worry about doing the best I can. It is possible that I may have a career that is not the highest paying or the most prestigious. But as long as I am happy, and I do the job to the best of my ability, I will feel like I have accomplished something. This is good because many kids have to live up to expectations that they can attain, or do something that they don’t really enjoy in order to make their parents proud.
The problem with saying “as long as you do your best” is that when I know I could have done a better job, I have a sort of guilty feeling. I hate it when I get a mediocre mark or fail in something and my parents say “as long as you tried your hardest.” It gets quite annoying when I second guess myself about what I could have done.
However, when I know I did the work as well as I could and it isn’t a good mark, I don’t worry about it as much as some people might. In conclusion, the piece of advice that I receive most often from my parents is basically a good one, and often it keeps me motivated in the things I do. It also shows me that my parents will support most of my decisions and treat me like a responsible person. I believe that somewhere along the line I will probably pass along the advice “as long as you did your best” to my children.
Example #5 – My Past Personal Experiences as a Leader and Follower
This paper will discuss past leadership on my personal experiences as a follower and as a leader. A host of questions about my experiences as a leader and follower will be addressed and answered in the body of this paper.
It’s not as easy to be in a leadership position as some may think. Effective leaders possess a multitude of characteristics that enable them to lead. Characteristics such as adaptability, excellent communication skills, respect, enthusiasm, and open-mindedness are all traits that strong leaders. These leadership traits, while very key, take a back seat to one very important trait, which is being a good follower. Before a leader can efficiently take the reins, (so to speak), they must learn to be a good follower. Those that have never followed can never effectively lead, (this is my personal opinion of course).
In this paper, we will look at my personal experiences as a follower and as a leader. Many questions about my personal experiences will be addressed and answered in the pages to come. To begin, I will answer the question, “Was I ever in a leadership role”.
Many times in the past I have taken on a role as a leader. Be it a planning committee that I chaired, or a project I was working with others on. I have had my fair share of leadership roles, but one stands out above all others. Four days after the attacks of September 11, 2001, I was deployed to an undisclosed location in the Middle East. Prior to my departure, I was designated “Troop Commander” of the attachment of six intelligence analysts that were being sent to the region to assist the Special Forces personnel with initial target intelligence assessments.
At the time of this deployment, I was 23 years old and had never been in charge of anything other than a Holiday Party Planning Committee, (so obviously I was fairly inexperienced when it came to leadership). The trip was long and all any of us could think of was what to expect when we landed. After 38 hours of traveling, the flight crew notified us that the plane was going to make a combat decent into the airbase that we were heading to. (For those that don’t know a combat decent is an aerial maneuver that is done to take the aircraft from cruising altitude, (approximately 38,000 feet), to the ground within about three minutes).
Upon landing, we taxied for a minute and then came to a stop in the middle of the runway. The back ramp to the plane began to open and a British Special Air Service (SAS) officer came on board. He informed all of us that we were in a very hostile area and gunfire had been exchanged with enemy forces just a few minutes prior to our arrival. Almost at that exact moment, gunfire erupted and rounds started hitting the aircraft. We were sitting ducks and had to move to a more fortified location immediately.
I instructed my troops to gear up and get ready to move, (this was my first order that I had ever given anyone). I divided the seven of us into two separate squads, (one squad of three and one of four). We waited for a lull in the fire and I gave the order to “move out”. Upon the execution of the order to “move out”, we all took off running for a bunker complex over 300 yards away. I brought up the rear to ensure my troops stayed in my sight and in case they fell or were wounded, I could pick them up and carry them.
For the entire sprint to the bunker, I was shouting to them things such as, “Keep it up, you can do this”, and “Don’t quit, don’t slow down, I’m behind you”, (the entire time we had bullets and tracer rounds flying past our heads). We arrived at the bunker complex within a couple of minutes and were safe, (for the time being). Like I stated earlier, this scenario was the first where I was in a leadership position. Looking back at this situation, there are a few questions that need answering. The first being, “How effective was I as a leader”.
I would say that I was a fairly effective leader in the situation I explained above. Being my first role as a leader, I feel that I did a good job overall given the circumstances. You have to realize the gravity of the situation we were all thrown into. We were all intelligence analysts, (intelligence analysts are rarely put in positions where they would be under fire), and not prepared for what we were walking into. Do I think that there were ways that I could have been a better, more effective leader? I believe that if I had more time to prepare for the situation that we were thrown into, I could have been slightly more effective.
I would have “pumped” my troops up a bit more before we left so they would be ready to face a combat situation. I also believe that there are no “perfect” leaders out there and that everybody in a position of leadership can improve in one way or another. Overall, I think I did a decent job of motivating my troops to get to their objective, and I was prepared to endure personal injury to ensure that they all survived. Now, I will move onto explain a situation where another individual was the leader and I had to follow.
On yet another separate deployment in June of 2003, I was sent to Kabul, Afghanistan. I was the Senior Non-Commissioned Officer (NCO) on this deployment, but I was not the one in-charge overall. 1st Lieutenant Brian Tucker was our Officer-In-Charge (OIC) during this deployment, (but he didn’t do a very good job of leading). One particular scenario identifies his lack of leadership.
It was a typical day while deployed, work all day and then go back to our tent and relax a bit. I had worked a twelve-hour day out in the sun and was exhausted. I was lying on my bunk when I heard explosions off in the distance, and then the ever-annoying wavering siren announcing an attack on our position. Instead of our Lieutenant giving us the order to get to our bunker, (which was 50 yards away), he gave no orders and started to panic asking everyone “What do we do?”
This instilled little faith in me that he was prepared to lead us in any way. In answering his question I instructed everyone in the tent to “Get your Asses to the bunker now!! Grab your chem gear, (chemical warfare protection suits/masks), and move.” I’m sure that this was actually a funny sight for onlookers, as I took off in a sprint for the bunker in a black t-shirt, gas mask, Kevlar helmet, unlaced boots and a pair of boxers with X’s and O’s on them, (my wife had sent them to me in a care package).
Upon arriving at the bunker, I instructed all of the personnel inside to don their chemical warfare gear. I asked the Lieutenant what he wanted to do next and he replied, “I’m not sure. What do you think?” I was flabbergasted, but we needed to defend ourselves against the enemy forces that were currently infiltrating our base. I ordered one of my Airmen to grab an M-16 and defend the bunker entrance with me.
Our Lieutenant sat towards the back of the bunker and said nothing. We were hearing small arms fire and grenades going off and the sounds were getting closer to our position. After about five minutes, two men came running at our position from about 100 yards straight out from the bunker.
They were carrying AK-47 assault rifles and were hell-bent on unloading every round they had at us. I asked the Lieutenant for order and received no reply. I then decided to take matters into my own hands and gave the order to “fire”. While bullets were hitting the bunker walls all around us, we returned fire at the two individuals and effectively lowered their blood pressure, (so to speak).
After all, was said and done, all Americans in our bunker were fine and there were two dead Jihadists on the ground 40 yards from our position. Now that we have gone over the scenario, let’s answer some questions about our fearless leader.
“How effective was the leader?” Well, to put it mildly, he was completely ineffective. He lacked command presence, communication skills, adaptability, and courage. Granted, he was in a hostile situation and expected to lead us all, but as an officer, he should have been semi-prepared to act. I believe that Lieutenant Tucker could have been a more effective leader if he had done “something”. He in effect did nothing at all and let me pick up the slack.
If Lieutenant Tucker had communicated any command, given any order, showed some backbone, shown some semblance of command presence, and adapted to the situation, he would probably have come through the ordeal in good shape and gained the respect of all the troops. Instead, he did the exact opposite and lost respect and trust by not reacting at all, (although I suppose not reacting is a reaction).
As you can see, it’s not as easy to be in a leadership position as some may think. Before a leader can be efficient in their role they must learn to be a good follower. I would also like to re-state that those that have never followed could never effectively lead, (again, this is my personal opinion). I believe that in the situation where I had to lead, I possessed the qualities and characteristics required to be an effective leader.
The exact opposite took place in the case of Lieutenant Tucker, but the situation also depicted, (in a way), how to be a good follower, until you are called on to lead. In this paper, we looked at my personal experiences as a leader and a follower.
Many questions about my personal experiences were addressed and answered in the previous pages. Looking back on my experiences it made me realize a bit about my potential as a leader, (and follower). I believe that with a little grooming, I have what it takes to lead in any situation that comes my way.
Example #6 – Personal Growth Experience
As a mother, I have cared and tried to push my son s education so that he can succeed in his life. I came from a large family in Brazil. I wasn’t the only child; I learned to share, how to provide for myself, and for my 3 sisters, and 3 brothers. My father was a serious man; he had a job, and still came home to provide for all of us. During dinnertime, he insisted that everyone had to be home and had to sit down at the table and talk about their day. This was a must in my family too.
The reason why he had that rule was that he was a religious man, and meals should be shared with the family as well as conversations. No one had any choice of not sitting at the table unless we didn’t want to eat.
When I had a child, I waited for the right time to have one. I didn’t want to rush into motherhood responsibility until I had everything in order to support my child. My husband had to find a job, and so did I. We had a house, a car, and jobs to support my child; we were ready. When my child was born, I chose to go to the United States of America, so that my child can have a better life. In Brazil, education is not challenging, and not recognized in other parts of the world as higher education.
For him to have a better education, a better standard of living, and for him to have what we never had, we had to give up our lives in Brazil. As the years went by I was always there for my son. Through my eyes, as he grows older, he is still the little boy that I held in my arms for the first time. In his teenage years, I have seen him grow further away from me.
Every day when he gets home he goes to his room without talking to me or saying anything about his day. I guess that is what all kids go through in these years, because of the stage of exploration of new things in life. Like driving, video games, girls, and puberty.
I still love my son, and even if he doesn’t want to talk to me then I guess he has everything in order in his life. He is very intelligent, and I trust that he knows what to do, and do the right thing. I have noticed that he hasn’t come to me to say if he has had any problems in school. I guess to me he has no problems going on, or maybe he has it in control. I have always said to him every time he comes home, how was your day Miguel? He would always say, it was ok.
When I heard that my son was having problems with reading, I was shocked. I couldn t believe my bright boy was having such problems. I tried my best to make him study more, and succeed in life. Now it looks like he needs help in reading, and I am going to be there for him. The teacher told me that he had to memorize a book in order to pass the class. I was with him every day when he got home, helping him to study and memorize the story.
When the day came for him to tell the story, I was waiting for him at home. When he got home, I looked into his eyes and he said Mom, I did it. I passed! I was so happy, and I knew he could do it. From that day on, I have never doubted my son on what he can do. He is a bright young man, intelligent, respectful, and responsible when it comes to work that is given to him.