Several college students are involved in Greek life, sports, clubs, programs, organizations, or school events. Every student is encouraged to join extracurricular activities because it helps the student to build an identity and it boosts up the resume. After a student graduates, they must be able to sell themselves to big businesses, graduate programs, or other job opportunities. Since the job market and education programs are very competitive, grades will not be sufficient to satisfy the employer. For this reason, we hear from our mentors, advisors, professors, and parents that we must participate in college extracurricular activities. The majority of the activities I do are volunteering events, but I was interested in becoming part of an organization. Most of these extracurricular activities have certain requirements that all members must meet to join and maintain their membership. Due to these requirements and my low grades, I would feel discouraged to participate in clubs and academic programs.
After hearing my roommate speak of the program she was part of, I began to take interest. She was part of Sexual Health And Reproductive Education (SHARE). This peer program tries to educate students, faculty, and the community about sexual reproduction, contraceptives, diseases and infections, and other sexual health education. This program really interested me because as a Latina, everywhere I look, I see the minority community being troubled by sexual health education. The rates of teenage pregnancy, infections, and diseases have dramatically been increasing within the minority community. To me, these increases are due to the lack of knowledge and ignorance. I strongly want to help my community and other minority communities to overcome obstacles and to strive to go to college. One of the biggest obstacles is “sex.” If I can educate others, then these people can pass the knowledge to others affecting the community in a positive way. With the help and support from SHARE, I will be able to learn about sexual health and reproduction and teach others of my knowledge. Also, I set a goal to create informational events that will target minority students and their parents. With SHARE, I can help many students and others to establish a clear understanding of sexual health.
The process of applying to SHARE was very intimidating because my GPA was very low. I would feel completely discouraged to even apply, but I finally decided to apply and to hope for the best. I decided to e-mail Kirsten, she was in charge of the application process, and I asked her if my application would be affected because of my low GPA. I informed her that this semester was going very well and that I would get professor’s recommendations if I had to. She reassured me that my grades would not affect my application and to focus mainly on how I will benefit SHARE. Two days after submitting my application, I was informed to set up an interview. I was feeling nervous about the interview thinking that I would not answer the questions correctly or have enough knowledge about the program.
In fact, the interview went very well and they accepted me on the program in the spot. I was shocked that I was able to be part of a program that can help others and help me. I learned that my qualities are something to be proud of. I should not only look at my bad qualities, but also learn how to make my bad qualities into benefits. I was honest in my interview and I told them that I did not posses of a strong knowledge of sexual education, but that I am willing and motivated to learn. Being able to learn about SHARE I do not only learn about sexual health, but I also learn about helping others. This experience taught me to have confidence in myself and to reach out for greater goals.
SHARE will be a great experience that I can write on my resume, but it will personally help me too. Many graduate schools would see this as a learning experience and as a way that I can focus academically while being involved in school. Being part of SHARE will help me become more confident to speak in front of others and to build up leadership skills. Since I will be a college professor, I need to start having experience speaking in front of students. Even if I make mistakes during presentations, I must learn how to recover and fix my mistakes. Since the presentations are done in partners, then my partner and I are working as a group, but also as leaders. Overall SHARE will help me academically, personally, and socially. Not only will I learn to speak in front of others, but also I will feel accomplished because I am helping others, especially minority communities.