“I received more than I could have given.” Ironically, this not only stands true in regards to volunteering in a non-profit organization, but so too, it stands true in the class whose project is to volunteer. This seminar was effective by introducing specific programs and services offered by Baruch College. Without this seminar, I would most likely be unaware of these programs and services. The project that this class expects of us, accurately represents what the goal of the seminar was. I feel that the goal was to expose the students to their surrondings. To allow the student to question, and to explore their envirnment. The research and group collaboartion that was done with this project exposed an unbeknown level in my surronding environment. The research enabled me to see what types of volunteer organizations surrond me.
Personally, I have been volunteering weekly in non-for-profit organizations for the past 8 years, and when I came to Baruch that was something I felt was missing. I not only had adjustment issues with my classes and work-load, but there was a deeper void. I wasn’t able to pinpoint this void, until this volunteer project was introduced to the class. At that moment I realized that it was this feeling of giving back that I had been missing. It’s a feeling that one can’t accurately describe. As stated previously, with volunteering one gains more than they can give. Merely from the research of my groups organization and the presentations of my classmates, I learnt so much about my surrondings. It gave me insight into my classmate’s personalities, and taught me a lot about leadership.
This class, specifically this project, inspired me to join groups, organizations, volunteer programs around me. It inspired me to take advantage of the facilities, resources, faculty in the school, and the privileges I was given. Yes I moved homes, I changed schools and I made new friends, but it does not mean that I am exempt from giving back to my community. Seeing the amount they give me, obligates me to donate my time and talents to my new community. I do not know where I will be in three years, but I hope it is in a community that I have made my own.