Note about series: As I begin my senior year of college I want to recap some of my experiences during this time. These experiences are me, and what I will look back on for the rest of my life.
As I begin my last year in college, I know I should have the feelings of a brand new start. However, I am more in the mode to end my undergraduate career and move on with my future. I have had the opportunity to start several projects on campus and I look forward to finishing them up.
One thing I have been passionate about during my college career is volunteering. I have done several projects over the past 3 years at UMBC and over 300 hours of community service.
I have volunteered at homeless shelters, hospitals, nursing homes and soup kitchens.
Yes, volunteer work looks awesome on a resume, however I do it for an entirely different reason.
I volunteer because it allows me to know exactly what I am doing, and that is to serve.
“It is every man’s obligation to put back into the world at least the equivalent of what he takes out of it.” – Albert Einstein
This quote at the bottom of my blog sums it all up. I had had some of the most successful and difficult times while volunteering.
Working with the youth at an outreach center in Baltimore
Administered vision screening to inner city youth
Giving a preview of the kickboxing class that I taught at the outreach center
Planting a garden at a homeless shelter
Charity auction dinner to benefit the homeless shelter
Volunteering allows me to take a small vision and see the big picture. and at the very same time it is an extremely frustrating picture.
But in the end I know that I am not there to change the world, I can only do what I know best and that is to serve.
College has provided me with many opportunities to volunteer and serve in my local community. As I spend my last year at many of these sites I hope to continue what I have started.
In some shape or form we all serve.
Where do you serve in your local community? Is it at home? Or in the workplace?