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Just like most people, I always want to excel in whatever I do. In practice, however, this is not usually the case. One of my greatest set back occurred in 2014 when I was the president of Saudi Club at St. Cloud State University. During my term, I unsuccessfully tried to marshal up the group members to contribute to a fundraising of one of my friend, Adams. Adams was suffering from cancer, which is very costly to treat, and he had exhausted his savings. As such, the fundraising would have enabled him to go through the life-saving radio and chemo-therapies. Due to the lack of an insurance cover and finance, Adams treatment was discontinued, and he succumbed to his ailment.
I was angered by the group’s decision not contribute to Adams treatment since he was not one of its associates. However, most of the members promised to assist him privately, which they never did. As the chair of the club at that time, its decision not to help in the fundraising disturbed me. In particular, I believed that our contributions would have played a significant role in extending Adams life and reducing the pains of his ailment. Moreover, I always thought I could have introduced new rules to the organization, such as an obligation to give aid to charitable projects, which would have made it assist in Adams treatment.
Despite my inability to convince the club, I have since learned that when working with a big team, its decision may at times contradict your beliefs and principles. Nonetheless, it is essential to respect its verdict since the success of any group is based on its ability to work as a team. Currently, I am practicing on my communication and negotiation skills, which will enable me to become more convincing in the future.