I started being heavily involved in Aquatics at the age of fifteen. I volunteered, participated in events and competitions, and took every course I needed to go into being an Aquatic Instructor. It was a job I had been dreaming about for a long time.
This interest helped me develop my skills in:
- Communication: by learning how to communicate to students, partents, team members or superiors in a manner that was effective, and respectful.
- Planning: I learned how to arrange lesson plans, schedule when to teach certain skills and howto teach them. I also learned how to adapt to different learning styles and needs of students.
- Interpersonal: Being a swim teacher taught me strong interpersonal skills. Learning to to work and communicate with my feel workers, how to talk to parents and discuss with them their childs abilities, but also how to communicate with eachindividual learner through their expereinces and regarding their own personal growth or stuggles.
- Creative thinking: Learning to work with kids has make my skill in creativity a asset to my ability to encourage, inspire and modivate learners. Not only have I needed my creative streak to keep the kids motivated and having fun, but also for how to adapt to learning challanges and for how best to communicate with diferent learner types.
- Leadership: Being a swim instructor, also gives you the authority figure and huge resposibility in being a leader. Not only to present yourself in a respectful way, but also through the way you communicate and treat others. Being a leader is not only when being employed but also inyour community. Knowing people are looking up to you and have expecations on your beahviour. The willingless to listen and learn and up for continually improving your practices.
Reading & Writing:
I have always been a reader. I remember as a kid my mom reading to me and I quickly wanted to read over her shoulder or begin on my own. Nevertheless, it was not until high school that this became a passion of mine. It took a long time for me to be fully committed to a book. I eventually would sit down and read for hours finishing a book in a day. For me, reading has been a passion because I love learning and developing my skill-base and knowledge of the world. I loved exploring new places through characters, reading about events that happened in the past and studying the work of others. Whether it was a historical fiction book about War, a memoir about life in a concentration camp, a novel about a dystopian world, or a book assigned in class, I generally was fascinated by what I could learn.
Back in High-school, I started writing more regularly. It began with Poetry, mostly being spoken word, but later transitioned into fiction and writing my own novel. I one day hope to have my work published. I submit to writing competitions to have it reviewed by professionals and to get a better understanding of the work publishers are looking for.
Another example of my writing was the blog I started but dismantled a few years ago. I wanted to write about my struggles with education, work and how I saw history affecting the fabric of the world in which we live today. It became an opportunity for me to reflect on my own learning and to observe the world in which I was an active participant.