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Ian
Kolinski
Languages: 
English
Spanish
December, 1994
Bio: 
As a Communications Studies student at the University of Pittsburgh, I feel that I am not taking full advantage of these fleeting years known as "the prime of my life." Though I enjoy the idea of one day being a college graduate and entering the workforce, my restless desire for new experience strongly outweighs those sentiments at this time in my life. I feel trapped in the monotony of the American college system, and desire more than is available on this campus. I will always be able to further my education, but as I grow older, the possibility for spontaneous adventure will decrease as my responsibilities increase. Throughout high school, I always looked to teach in some capacity. Whether it was the four years I spent coaching youth basketball, the two weeks I spent teaching English at a private school in Santo Domingo in 2012, the capital of the Dominican Republic, or the time I spent during my Junior and Senior years of high school as a physics teacher's assistant, a strong sense of intrinsic satisfaction has always accompanied the experience of helping an individual learn a new concept. I miss that feeling, and I want to feel it again. I want to help improve the lives of individuals because it brought me happiness that I haven't been able to re-create on my own. The opportunity to recapture this feeling while simultaneously immersing myself in a new, unique culture is too much to pass up on, and this volunteer experience would be a great way to spend a period of time away from my pursuit of a degree.
Volunteering Experience: 
From 2009-2013, I volunteered three hours per week from November through March each year coaching recreational youth basketball for the Newton Athletic Association (Newton, MA.). This involved coordinating weekly practices, organizing game-plans, and assuring that each member of the team felt like a valued asset. For two seasons, I had the pleasure of coaching a special needs child. At first this was cause for worry, as I feared the other children would bully or ostracize him, however I was pleasantly surprised by the welcoming attitude with which both teammates and opponents greeted Jack.
Education: 
High School Diploma, 2100 SAT (720 CR, 680 M, 700 W), University of Pittsburgh Class of 2018
Occupation: 
Student
Other Skills: 
Carpentry
Athletic Coaching
Ian Kolinski
newton centre
United States
Languages:
English, Spanish
December, 1994
Description
As a Communications Studies student at the University of Pittsburgh, I feel that I am not taking full advantage of these fleeting years known as "the prime of my life." Though I enjoy the idea of one day being a college graduate and entering the workforce, my restless desire for new experience strongly outweighs those sentiments at this time in my life. I feel trapped in the monotony of the American college system, and desire more than is available on this campus. I will always be able to further my education, but as I grow older, the possibility for spontaneous adventure will decrease as my responsibilities increase. Throughout high school, I always looked to teach in some capacity. Whether it was the four years I spent coaching youth basketball, the two weeks I spent teaching English at a private school in Santo Domingo in 2012, the capital of the Dominican Republic, or the time I spent during my Junior and Senior years of high school as a physics teacher's assistant, a strong sense of intrinsic satisfaction has always accompanied the experience of helping an individual learn a new concept. I miss that feeling, and I want to feel it again. I want to help improve the lives of individuals because it brought me happiness that I haven't been able to re-create on my own. The opportunity to recapture this feeling while simultaneously immersing myself in a new, unique culture is too much to pass up on, and this volunteer experience would be a great way to spend a period of time away from my pursuit of a degree.
Volunteering Experience
From 2009-2013, I volunteered three hours per week from November through March each year coaching recreational youth basketball for the Newton Athletic Association (Newton, MA.). This involved coordinating weekly practices, organizing game-plans, and assuring that each member of the team felt like a valued asset. For two seasons, I had the pleasure of coaching a special needs child. At first this was cause for worry, as I feared the other children would bully or ostracize him, however I was pleasantly surprised by the welcoming attitude with which both teammates and opponents greeted Jack.
Education
High School Diploma, 2100 SAT (720 CR, 680 M, 700 W), University of Pittsburgh Class of 2018
Occupation
Student
Other Skills
Carpentry, Athletic Coaching
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