Robert Chen – Even High School Students Can Volunteer!
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1. When and Why Did You Decide to Pursue This Dive At This Level? What was your inspiration and motivation?
2. How Long Did It Take For You To Accomplish This Dive At This Level From The Day You Decided To Pursue It, And Why Did It Take That Long?
3. What Was The Hardest Part About Achieving This Particular Dive Level?
4. What Was The Easiest Part About Achieving This Particular Dive Level?
5. What Is Your Advice For Someone Who Is Pursuing This Dive And Level?
6. What Are Some Of The Best Resources You Recommend to Those Pursuing This Dive At This Level, And Why Do You Recommend Them? Please Include Relevant Weblinks, If Applicable.
Resource 1: Break Diving - You can volunteer here.
Resource 2: Volunteer - This site is where I found out about Break Diving to begin with.
7. Tell Us A Story Of One Of Your Adventures While Pursuing This Dive (At This Level).
Initially, I had found Break Diving on VolunteerMatch. It looked pretty interesting so I sent Monroe Mann (the executive director) an email.
I was only a high school freshman at this time, so everything was completely new to me. To my surprise, I actually got a response back. After a few emails back and forth, we set up a call and talked about my experience. Although I had some computer programming experience, I was still learning.
The great part about volunteering here at Break Diving is that the team will try and work around your unique skillset, and adapt to you. I didn’t actually start volunteering until a few weeks later, when I got onboarded to the team and added to the organization’s GitHub and Slack.
The first few weeks were very hectic, as I had to learn very fast to get up to speed on the proper procedures. After a while though, it became second nature.
I remember one of my first contributions was editing the breakdiving.org website. Hard to believe, but at this time the breakdiving.io site, and also this WYSEguidance blog, weren’t even setup yet. We were working on very priliminary projects like TOSFairness and breakdiving.org.
After making my changes, I looked everything over multiple times. I didn’t want my first contribution to get rejected!
Luckily, everything went well and it was merged.
Gradually as I contributed more and more, I grew in confidence.
Looking back, once you get used to the coding conventions and styles, it becomes easy to contribute. The most difficult part was the onboarding. Now I’ve been here at Break Diving volunteering for nearly two years!
8. What Evidence Did You Submit to Prove You Met the Requirements for This Dive and Level?
9. Will You Be Pursuing The Next Level For This Dive? If Yes, Why? If Not, Why Not?
10. What is the Break Diver's Creed?
And having made this post, and provided adequate evidence to the dive committee, Robert Chen is now hereby certified by Break Diving, Inc. as: Good Samaritan - Volunteer - Level 1. Congratulations ! Thank you for being an inspiration to others!
Certificate number: 39
The author above wrote this WYSEguidance post as one of the certification requirements to become certified by Break Diving, Inc. for a dive completed. Would you also like to find greater success, happiness, and friendship, and make genuine supportive connections with others around the world pursuing your same dreams? Come join us at Break Diving and soon your story will be the next one you read about on this site!Read More Stories on the WYSEguidance Homepage