College Times: Volunteering

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.

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Working with the youth at an outreach center in Baltimore

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Administered vision screening to inner city youth

 

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Giving a preview of the kickboxing class that I taught at the outreach center

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Planting a garden at a homeless shelter

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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?

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7 Responses to College Times: Volunteering

  1. Marina says:

    I really admire you, you are such a great selfless person.
    I haven’t done any of the community work, not yet. Maybe some day…
    I’ll be a veterinarian, so hopefully, I’ll be able to help a lot of animals and put back into the world… :)

  2. Sana says:

    @Marina: That is amazing! There are soo many animals that need care! You will be very busy!

  3. Amber says:

    That is awesome – good for you! I did a bit of volunteering at a homeless shelter in college but I have to admit it was because the hours were required for a class. Now that I’m done school and not insanely busy like before I hope to do more volunteering in my community. I’d like to walk dogs at the local animal shelter!

  4. Jen says:

    Aww, I love that you’re going to look back on your college career and share stuff! I’m going to live vicariously through you :)

    I volunteered with Habitat for Humanity through college, at community centers in grad school and now I coach for Girls on the Run- which is the best volunteering job ever :)

  5. You are an inspiration Super Sana!! This is a great reminder to me to get back out there and help the community, family or anything I believe in a little bit more!

    Love this!

    xxoo

  6. Monet says:

    Wonderful post and such an important message. We should all volunteer more in our local communities. It is evident you have done some great work! I have tutored at several inner city schools, volunteered at Girl’s Inc, worked at homeless shelters, and done some clean-up projects around town. So much fun!

  7. hira says:

    sana, i didnt know you went to UMBC!! im currently in my last year at UMD in college park—but im studying abroad this semester, as i told you before- in italy!

    good for you, volunteering is a great way to connect with the community and really reach out. ive done a ton of activist work on campus and loove the DC scene. the liberal, ngo/non profit scene.

    anyway, im so glad that you go to school so close to me!