“What do you consider your biggest accomplishment after leaving high school?”
This is a question that I recently had to answer for an email media interview.
For those of you who do not know me personally, I have been out of high school for about 3 years now. If you’re reading this and you are still in high school right now, take note of what I am about to write: You may not recognize yourself after being in college for 3 years. TRUST ME. That isn’t always a bad thing. Anyways, when I saw that question, I realized…I am a completely different person than I was in high school. I even asked myself, “WHO AM I?” First of all, I gained the Freshman 15, got diagnosed with a couple of mental illnesses, and the SATs are now the last thing on my mind.
This all went on in my head within a few seconds after reading the interview question. Nonetheless, I instantly knew what my biggest accomplishment was after leaving high school. Breaking out of my shell. I know this is a cliche, but it’s true. In high school, I was pretty quiet and timid. I didn’t speak up a lot and never really did that many extracurricular activities.
Now, a rising senior in college, I am working 2 different part time jobs; I got elected onto 2 different executive boards for 2 organizations; I have and will continue to have a full time school schedule until I graduate, and I have had about 6 different job/organization interviews……
I landed every position that I interviewed for in those 6 interviews.
Most people know that the person who gets the job or position isn’t technically the most qualified or has the best resume, but rather has the best social skills and can connect with the interviewer and fit in with the group/company.
You may be laughing at the fact that I cried after these interviews, but to put things in perspective, I was always SUPER shy ever since I was little. I’ve always considered myself a huge introvert. In fact, I still consider myself introverted. My Meyers-Briggs results even told me this. It told me that I am an ISFJ and am naturally sociable, a rare quality for an introvert, but that I still prefer being introverted and away from people.
- I no longer hide in the back of the room or try to fade into the background.
- I volunteer as the guinea pig when no one else wants to and embarrass myself if I don’t know what I’m doing.
- I can go into a room filled with people I do not know and can instantly talk/connect with them.
- I am no longer afraid of job interviews anymore. And finally,
- I no longer shake and pace around while talking on the phone.
Just to be clear, if you still do any of these things, that doesn’t mean you need to change, that just means you are a different person. We all have different personalities. As humans, we are constantly evolving and changing. We most likely won’t be the same person 5 years from now.
What I want everyone to take away from this post is that, we need to ask ourselves, “Who am I?” We need to analyze our strengths and weaknesses in order to constantly improve ourselves. We will never be perfect, but we should always try to be the best person we can possibly be.