My participation in the Community Service Project has helped me get accustomed to utilizing certain resources available to me. For one, the ability to talk to my Honors Advisor: Douglas Medina, was incredibly helpful as well as my peer mentor: Maria Lorenzo, both of whom answered a number of questions that my group and I had. I also familiarized myself with Idealist, the site we used to find and get in contact with the non-profit organizations we volunteered at. I have utilized the SACC to try and pass Calculus 2610 as well as the honors lounge where, on numerous occasions, I have entered to a room of intelligent students all getting ready for an exam and willing to help one another. I joined Hillel and I had the chance to join IMJ Trading Club but I differed until next year when I’ve assimilated into college life.
I came into this project with a rather limited appreciation for community service and I only looked at it as something required of me in order to graduate and not as something that can help me better myself. However, my views have since changed. I have come to realize that helping my community in turn helps myself as well as helping others around me. Being able to help a child and make a difference in their life is something that feels better than anything. I no longer think about doing it is a chore but rather as a reward for myself since I’m doing something that makes me feel so good.
In the next three years I see myself graduating college early with a good GPA (hopefully with either Magna or Summa Cum Laude distinction) and be financially independent and successful with my future and career path figured out. This is what I hope but being that I am as much of a realist as it gets, I can’t honestly say that this is how it will be. I will do everything in my power to try and have this naive statement of an 18 year old college freshman become a reality but in the long run I just plan to be happy in the years to come and if I manage that that’s good by me.