My Experience At 25 Middle School

1444 Words Dec 14th, 2015 6 Pages
As a senior at UNCW, I had an overwhelming desire to better understand community in Wilmington, NC. In the fall of 2011 Williston middle school offered me a Tennis Coach position which I readily accepted. This opportunity opened my eyes to the world of education and the families who function within in it. Teaching tennis to 25 middle school girls was no menial task. A small minority had tennis experience while the majority of players were simply looking for something to occupy their time after school. Also, there were huge socioeconomic disparities among the children and it was fascinating to watch how the tennis season affected their lives outside of school and noticing that fact was when I realized how important this experience was to my community health experience. It reinforced my interest in different cultures and how important it is to get involved in communities and experience at an individual level how community health affects the families in Wilmington. I saw families of varying socioeconomic statuses come together on the courts and play. I saw children take an interest in a sport with support from their peers and families. I saw myself, even with my limited coaching skills, become a mentor to a few children, who ignited my passion for public health issues and solutions. It was through coaching that season of tennis that I knew I wanted to continue as a health educator and prepare to pursue a Master’s in public health so I could further implement strategies…
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