Describe something you did that made you feel proud of yourself.
You should say:
- what you did
- when you did it
- why you felt proud of what you had done
and explain how you felt when this happened.
Sample Answer 1
To tell the truth, I have always asked myself how many special things I have done to make me feel proud of myself or my family. Regrettably, however, I can think of only a few of them. But, I will still go ahead and talk about one of those things today that made me feel proud of myself, at least to some extent, about ten years ago from now.
When I did this thing about ten years ago, I had just started my college life rather reluctantly at a small college in my hometown. I am using the word “reluctantly” here because I was very interested in attending one of the largest and most prestigious colleges in my country outside of my hometown. Still, my grandparents wouldn’t want me to leave my joint family and our small town.
Anyway, back to the original story, the college I attended had a very limited scope of opportunities to help students get involved with extra-curricular activities, especially in sports. But I loved to play table tennis, and our college didn’t have any facilities for playing table tennis there. So, the first thing that I did was find like-minded students like me who would be interested in playing table tennis with me, and luckily I succeeded in doing that. Later, I proposed to them that we each would contribute some money to buy the table tennis balls, the net, and the table on our own, and they all agreed to it. Soon, we got everything we needed to play table tennis, except a room, but that too was arranged for us soon after as we applied to the college authority to provide a room for our table tennis practice.
Anyway, I felt really proud when this happened, primarily because I succeeded in convincing some of my classmates and the college authority to get on board with me with this initiative. Besides, I also felt that we could accomplish many things in our life if we remain positive about our plans and abilities.
Sample Answer 2
While going to my office in Victoria City in Hong Kong, I saw an accident and immediately responded. Hit by a car, a man was lying on the street and was bleeding while the car escaped the scene. I took him to the nearest hospital and informed his relatives to be there immediately. And interestingly, I did all the things alone. Nobody came to my help at that moment. This is a nice cue card topic, and I will share the experience by answering the remaining questions.
I am a sales executive for a multinational corporation based in New York. I was on the way to my office riding my bicycle. And the accident took place downtown in the city, and it was a rush in the morning. Everyone was on their way to the office. And it was all of a sudden that the accident took place. The car driver might not have been aware of the pedestrian, or the victim might have been crossing the road unaware.
Honestly, I felt proud of my response there. Many people were on the street, but everyone was in a hurry. I do believe they could not help the injured person despite their intentions. But as I responded to the event, I felt proud of myself. I know when and how to handle emergencies, and it was a similar incident. I could have been the victim as well. My immediate reflex made me run to help the injured man, and I am humbly proud.
I felt sad for the man. He might have started his work or attended an important appointment or other purposes. But he could not reach his destination. And it was a troublesome matter for him. However, being able to help him was a great feeling for me. To put it in a simple word, it was fulfilling.