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Jason, I found you a baby sitting job for the weekend. You need to start making money on your own, my mother threatened.
Watch kids? Id rather go to the dentist! That was three years ago, and the thought of children filled me with consternation. Fortunately, we struck a deal. If I didnt have to baby sit during the school year, I would take a job as a counselor at a local day camp.
I was put in charge of five year old boys. Of course it had to be one of my campers who refused to talk and couldnt stop crying the first day of camp. Terrance was inconsolable. I tired my best to reassure him that he would see his mommy and daddy at the end of the day. He looked up at me with his big, red, swollen eyes and said I dont have a daddy. All I could think of was how to get out of this uncomfortable situation. But the conversation resonated in my mind and I knew I had a lot to learn about this daunting job.
The next day during a quite moment with Terrance, I asked him to tell me all about his dad. With a gleeful smile he talked about how he and his dad loved making sandcastles at the beach. Later that day we grabbed some pales and shovels and I let him give me a lesson in the art of castle making.
As the weeks went by Terrance shared his pleasant and sad memories of his father. I laughed hysterically with him when he recounted the time his father dropped a fudge cake over the turkey and they had a chocolate turkey for thanksgiving. My heart ached when he described the (funeral). Half way through camp I was delighted to see that he began playing and communicating more freely with his peers. To my surprise, I found myself enthusiastically singing nursery songs but more important, Terrance was happily doing the same.
The responsibilities of a counselor are obviously multi-faceted. I learned I had to supervise the children, teach values of fairness, teamwork, and friendship, while always keeping a vigilant eye. What I didnt expect was that I would have to delve into the psychological problems behind a childs behavior.
The experience of dealing with real life issues of a sad little five year old boy has led me to a heightened interest in psychology. As I enter my college years I hope to be able to fuse my passion for science with the filed of child development.