One thing that I’ve realized I’ve never shared with my blog is my love for giving back to my local community. This is a huge part to my life and I am shocked that it has taken me so long to talk about it here. Now is the time, and here is the place.
Growing up, I’ve always known that I wanted to change the world for the better. There were always some things about it that didn’t settle well in my stomach and I knew that I wanted to make this world a better place at a young age. Back then, I didn’t know how I was going to do that. As I’ve grown up, I’ve realized that in my future career as a teacher, I can change the world. That’s down the road though. What can I do now? How can I start to change the world now? Even if it’s on a small scale, I still wanted to make an impact on this world because it’s never too early to start changing the world.
I found that I could do that by giving back to those in need, and by actively helping people. It’s the reason why I want to be a teacher. I want to help people and be that role model for them. You can do that by doing community service. I didn’t get to do hands on service until my freshman year of college. When I was a freshman in college, I got accepted onto a service trip where I went and provided disaster relief to the victims of Hurricane Harvey. I was going to spend a week out in Houston, Texas doing community service and helping people in need. This was my second time ever doing service that was more than fundraising for an organization.
The first time was on my 18th birthday, and I helped move logs on a science center in the town where I go to school. I did it through a leadership bootcamp that was the week before college started, and I had a lot of fun that day. I found giving back to be so much more than helping people. It was emotionally rewarding, and I loved how I felt that way. It was the best way to spend my first day being a legal adult.
After that day of doing service, I knew I wanted to do more. I didn’t know how. Through the leadership program, I am in at college, I found an opportunity to go on a trip where I did community service for a week. I would be gutting homes that were destroyed by Hurricane Harvey. I got on that trip, and that trip changed my life. I have so many stories from that trip, but two of the biggest takeaways related to community service. First, my love for community service became so much more than a love, it became a passion. This trip inspired me to want to get involved with nonprofit work and getting more invested in helping people in my local community.
That trip inspired me to join a service sorority, where I get to do at least 25 hours of service every semester. That trip happened during my two-month long winter break, and I joined my sorority the following semester. Both of these things led to me working for a nonprofit where kids with cancer and their siblings go to day camp entirely for free. I worked there for two summers, and I loved nearly every moment of it. Not only did I make my best friends at this job, but I learned so many life lessons from everyone at this place.
Doing nonprofit work and community service is how I am changing the world right now. I love doing it. I love every moment that I am helping people. Whether it was at my job as a camp counselor, volunteering at the Ronald McDonald House doing arts and crafts with kids, serving food to people at a Soup Kitchen, or picking up trash alongside a highway. Whatever the service may be, if I am helping out my community, I love it.
I want to help people out because life is unfair and gives people the short end of the stick when it comes to things that are out of their control. If I can help out and make someone’s life a little bit easier than I will gladly do all that I can. If I can make the world a better place by giving back then yes, sign me up for it.
When I become a teacher, I want to apply this logic to that. I want to help out my future students in any way possible. I will still need to teach them the content, but if I need to go at a slower pace or incorporate different learning techniques then I will. My hope is that they learn to love science and become an even better person by the end of the school year when I am their teacher.
Doing service has been a big part of my life for the past few years, and I hope to continue doing it for the rest of my life in addition to being a teacher. I hope to find ways where I can be involved with nonprofit work and involved in serving my local community.
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