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Write about your greatest achievement and why it means so much to you
 
I am a seventeen-year-old boy studying for my A Level Examination at the end of this year. What can I count as my achievements so far? I think that in the materialistic society that my peers and I live in, we tend to imbibe the values of a rat race. Being students, we aspire to get good grades in order to secure comfortable jobs. I find studying no problem and have consistently scored As in my subjects. There was a year in which I topped my cohort in the final examinations.

Another achievement and memory I fondly retain is how I managed to foster a better relationship between my Mum and Dad. Dad is a successful businessman, but he is seldom at home. Mum is a bored housewife who often nags him to allow her to go out to work. Their frequent bickering depressed me and one day I poured out my grievances to them. I managed to convince Dad that Mum would be better off with a part-time job. He agreed and since then, their relationship has been better.

However, the one achievement I am proudest of is my successful work in the local old folks' home. From young, I had been brought up by my grandparents. When they passed away, I cried bitterly. Since then, I have developed a fondness for elderly people, understanding their weaknesses and appreciating their good points.

I participated in my school's Community Service Club when it was first set up. Our members made numerous trips to the local old folks' home. Pretty soon my enthusiasm and hard work led me to being unanimously elected as Chairman of the club.

Unlike many of my fellow students, I do not do community work to earn points. I really love the work and feel I am doing something worthwhile. Hence, while some of my peers have stopped visiting the old folks' home, I indefatigably spend many satisfying weekend afternoons there. Many of my fellow students are put off by the smell of the home. It is a fact that some old people are bedridden and some are not particular about their personal. There is also a shortage of nurses and caregivers. Also, some of my friends complain that many old folks are grumpy and suspicious.

This is where I can contribute. I chat with the old folks, help them with their daily tasks and listen to their problems. They like to tell me of their glorious old days and their suffering during the Japanese Occupation in Malaysia. Initially, my attempts at helping them were regarded with suspicion. I cannot blame them as many of them do not like to be viewed as abandoned old people whom chattering students visit once a year.

However, my sincerity and keenness to help won them over. I did not mind cutting their fingernails or changing adult diapers. Now, many of my elderly friends regard me as a friend or foster son, and I call them 'uncles' or 'aunties'.

My club organised a successful Christmas party last year. The able-bodied old folks took part in the concert. Many of them told me they looked forward to another party next year.

Hence, looking back at my achievements, I am very proud of my community work at the old folks' home. In the future, I hope to study social work in the university and work as a social worker as I find great satisfaction in helping the less fortunate.

     
imbibe   take in
     
bickering   squabbling
     
able-bodied   strong
 
 

 

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