What does it mean to serve your community?

The word “community” entails not only a group of people living together in a particular environment but also a sentiment that the place one inhabits is associated with a “oneness” and sense of belonging. The act of giving encompasses both intangible and tangible things. While some individuals choose to donate money and resources, others may devote their time and services. Surely many individuals have engaged in some sort of a tangible and intangible exchange but it takes a philanthropist and a person with gratitude to give back to the community. As a student at Baruch Scholars I feel highly privileged to receive the special time, attention and services of the broader college and find myself wanting to give back to the community as a token of my appreciation. I believe that my role in the university is to allocate my time and services to not only the coursework that needs to be completed but also those individuals who may not have the same opportunities that a scholar at the university is provided with. I wish to join the undergraduate student government and make the college an enjoyable experience for the student body while fostering an environment that is conducive to learning. Serving one’s community goes beyond wishful thinking. Although the conceptions of the greatest tasks stem from one humble thought, one must realize that a considerable amount of time and dedication is needed to truly serve the community. The Honors Program at Baruch College promotes a culture of service and my role in the broader community and in Baruch College is to show my appreciation by volunteering and setting examples for students from all walks of life. I hope to accomplish my role as a Baruch Scholar for philanthropic purposes so as to set an example for my peers and build a foundation of gratitude that will encourage others to follow in the footsteps of all the scholars at Baruch College.

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