The articles, “We Are What We See,” and “Good Leaders Never Stop Learning,” both connect to me since one talks about what we learn as children for the values we have and the other about learning leadership. I have learned my values mostly from my mother because she was the one I was closest with as a guardian. She’s taught me that school is an essential to becoming successful, do good in school, stay involved, never forget where I come, be respectful, be truthful. Also to save money and to only get the things you need, not want, and more. I have also been influenced by other people such as teachers and friends. I had a fun childhood with my sisters in Texas; they were the closest “friends” I had so I did not really see any bad attitude in any other children except in school. But whenever I did do any bad attitudes, I would be disciplined for it. Being in the Junior Reserves Officer Training Corps and being in various school band ensembles has greatly taught me about leadership since being in such positions to lead other students to success in the group. I never thought I would be someone who other people look up to, but I’m glad that I had the opportunity to get out of my comfort zone earlier than later. Started from the bottom, now I’m here! These intertwine because what I have learned from my mother and my childhood experiences, I have applied those actions throughout my high school years where my true colors, my identity, is shown today in progress.
The article, “Good Leaders Never Stop Learning” by Gerard Seijts talks about how leaders are both born and made into this world. He mentions that good leaders are developed through constant learning about their personalities, relationships and careers, and the kind of leader they want to become. Leaders are driven to produce results and to make a positive impact as an individual and on others as well.
In the article, “We Are What We See: The Family Conditions for Modeling Values for Children” by David Popenoe talks about how parents condition children for their values. Being a model towards them, having a healthy childhood, keeping in mind what children see, teaching them morals and developing their character, and assuring they have family structure and time for them are the keys for modeling values for children as they grow up.
Thanks to JROTC, I was opened to the community around me. I have volunteered at the Veterans Affairs Hospital for an Ice Cream Social and another event ( I forgot what event in 9th grade). I also volunteered and still currently do at Operation Gratitude where I help assemble care packages for the women and men in service across the nation. Also, and still currently do, volunteer at Project Angel Food where I help make nutritious foods for people who are critically ill. I have also volunteered at the Walk to End Alzheimer’s to set up the event and cheer on the runners. This has taught me that there are a lot of people who care for our community and are willing to do something about it, which has motivated me to do the same.
The Junior Reserves Officer Training Corps was available to me throughout my entire high school career. Their main goal was to make students better citizens. I excelled in that program a lot as being a third generation cadet. It was 10th grade when I was given a leadership position. I was platoon sergeant and was put into the Junior Leadership/Academic Bowl Team that competes nationally. The team consisted of four cadets participating, “The JROTC Leadership Bowl tests Cadets on their knowledge by hands- on and interactive learning.One of the main goals was for us to think outside the box and encourage us to discover and utilize our leadership abilities.” My team and I was able to go to Washington D.C. to compete at the national level. 11th grade year I became co-captain for the JLAB team. We were once again able compete at the national level, but due to budget cuts we were not able to go to Washington D.C. so we continued on-line. I learned a lot from being in this team because it exercised my knowledge, cooperation, team building, and leadership skills that I still apply in class and group work. Various competitions throughout the year also exercised my leadership skills, teaching younger cadets the basics of marching techniques and behavior, and leadership as well. I became the the Public Affairs Officer 11th grade and my last year where I wrote a monthly newsletter of events that happened in our program, I also publicized our program, and communicated with a good deal of people. I also competed to be in the Top Ten All-City Staff which I made as the Deputy Public Affairs Officer (ranked 10) in the LAUSD where I would be a role model to all cadets in the LAUSD and promote the program, and show leadership skills throughout JROTC events my senior year. The JROTC program has taught me well on how to become a leader and a better citizen.