Hi all I was wondering if I could get any advice on this essay I have written for the Common APP. I will respond to anyone who responds to mine :)
Here it is:
On a day where most students back home would be sleeping, I would be on my way to Washington D.C., not to vacation, but to debate bills I and my fellow Junior Statesmen of America members had spent days proposing. Most teenagers may find politics at the age of sixteen to be a bore, something that "would never affect our generation." I could not disagree any further. I and my JSA members were all actively involved in politics and were ready to take on the rough criticisms we would face on bills we spent painfully long hours on. I, at first being a hesitant speaker to defend our bill, grew; I became more confident, as well as a better speaker as I took on criticisms from politically opposed people, as well as compliments by those who felt I made a strong statement. By the end of the convention, it would be an understatement to claim it just bettered my speaking skills, it changed the way I view the world. After spending three full days with people from all walks of life, you begin to realize that others actually have strong political beliefs outside of your own, therefore, debating against these people, helps shape your own beliefs no matter how negative the debate. Upon reconvening with my fellow Junior Statesmen of America members after the convention, I realized that I wanted to take my JSA membership to the next level; I became the head of debate as well as the Vice President of the New Albany chapter of Junior Statesmen of America: a title I take great honor in receiving from those who voted for me. I pursued the position, not because it would be something to do, but because I knew the power behind JSA and I wished to further the group knowing that it could change others lives just as it had mine.