Describe a Time that You Had to Change Your Plan

# Describe a time that you had to change your plan/ you changed your mind. You should say:

  • When did this happen?
  • What made you change the plan?
  • What was the new plan?
  • And how you felt about the change.

SAMPLE ANSWER Describe a time that you had to change your plan

Well, when I was 21 years old, I made a decision that has forever changed my life; it started in 2014. I had it all set up (carefully planned) to go to Chile to study for a two month summer semester and language immersion. However, as soon I set foot in Valparaiso, I instantly fell in love with it. I felt like that culture suits me (goes well with me), as opposed to life in Canada. I loved the art and charm that fills the street. I had finally found a place where I could learn the language I wanted and pursue (get; follow) my art career as well.

Furthermore, the people there really welcomed me with open arms and made me feel at home. So, I decided to stay for two years! Fortunately, I was able to finish my Bachelor’s Degree there since they are affiliated (partners)with my Canadian university.

This has affected my life in many different areas. For one, my parents have always put pressure on me to work in the business. However, I’ve ever known that that wasn’t for me (not suitable for me). After this experience, I decided to be an Art teacher to children in a part of town with many Spanish speakers. If I had never stayed for two years, I wouldn’t have the fluency that I have in Spanish today.


Moreover, I’ve become a lot more well-rounded (educated, experienced) from this. I’ve gotten the opportunity to travel around South America and see the way others live, as well as the breath-taking (extremely beautiful) landscapes. Most importantly, I met the love of my life there! He moved back to Canada with me, and I’m now pregnant with our second child.

Looking back, my life wouldn’t be nearly what it is today without this change of plans!

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How did people around you respond to it?

My family was quite happy for me, but it was bittersweet (happy and sad at the same time)for them because they missed me. Since my parents were immigrants to Canada, they never had these opportunities when they were young, so they were joyous that I was able to. However, they were concerned that I would party too much instead of study! Moreover, they would stress about my whereabouts (where I was, what I was doing) and well-being while in Chile.

Do you like the changes? Why?

Certainly! I’m not a creature of habit (a person who likes the same routine)at all. I get so bored with a monotonous (always the same; never changing)life. Moreover, I’m an extremely adaptable person, so I think I can embrace (make the best of) and integrate myself into almost any unfamiliar situation. I believe we all need changes to help us grow and make life more enjoyable.

Why do some people hate changes?

Well, I would say the number one reason is fear. It often happens that people are afraid of what the change may bring. Another reason is that some people become so attached to their daily routine that they feel off-kilter (shocked, unbalanced)when it’s tweaked. I think this mainly happens to the elderly. Lastly, changes are severe! Although we may know that the change is necessary, like perhaps leaving your current job that you hate, it’s still hard to make that first move (to make the change happen). Change requires discomfort and adjustment!

How can you change people’s opinions?

I would say that the number one way to do this would be through peaceful dialogue. In the world today, many people resort to violence, threat, or other extreme measures to try to change someone’s mind. However, I think this is ineffective. I believe all parties must sit together and listen to each other’s ideas before any change can happen.

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