There are some faults within every human being that are necessary to be overcome in
order to attain one’s full potential. Over the course of writing this paper, I had to look at myself
in a new light so that I could discern those faults which would I would need to overcome in order
to be a capable prefect.
This was no easy task, as I was hesitant to admit that I had faults to reform. I had gone
weeks without identifying a personal fault that I could not justify before I realized that my most
glaring fault was pride. While pride may lead to confidence, it may also corrupt one’s spirit like
a virus. This corruption causes its host to become obnoxious and unwilling to trust in others
when convinced that he knows best. Pride may then branch off into other faults which are unique
to different people.
The second fault that I need to correct to become a good prefect is shyness. During the
summer I did an internship for my local District Attorney. The assistant DA in charge of me
recognized the need for a young man to meet people of affluence. During trial week, I was
pushed to leave my comfort zone in order to meet and offer assistance to as many judges and
lawyers as possible. The success of this exercise has led to my realization that I must be more
active in meeting new people and communicating with others. Overcoming shyness, like
hygiene, is something that must be managed daily.
Determining my third fault was hard to do because pride was blinding me to it. I decided
to ask one of my professors, with whom I’ve had multiple classes, if he could help. The
professor’s answer was quick and honest. I am verbose. This means that I will sometimes use
more words than needed to get to my point. The ability to make my point with less words will
improve my ability to be clear and concise when communicating with others. This verbosity,
like pride and shyness, can be overcome by merely making a concentrated effort to change. As it
turns out, blogs are great for this.
I am constantly looking inside of myself at my own faults. Anyone who wants to help
others grow inside needs to practice the art of introspection themselves. In short you have to
grow up first. I’m glad to say that I have grown a little myself in the past year. I only hope that
I can pay that forward to others because we should all never stop growing.