Since I was little, I have always seen my mother volunteer for various organizations, whether it be running the book fair at my elementary, middle or high school, or stuffing envelops or chairing family nights at Gilda’s Club of Westchester. No matter how much she had on her plate, she always had the time to help others in need. Her dedication, selflessness and ability to enrich the lives of others are characteristics I truly admire, and if everyone could have a little bit of those qualities in them, the world would be a better place.
I have had the privilege of working with a first grade boy at Kelly Elementary School this past year through the Bucknell Buddies tutoring program on campus. Although I have been involved with the organization since my freshman year, this particular boy has made such an impact on my life. By just working with him for a half hour each week, I have seen a vast improvement on his ability to sound out words and add and subtract simple math problems. It has made me realize the power I have to change the way a person views their education and how I can encourage young people to push for excellence in the classroom.
Now I am not saying everyone has to volunteer in the classroom, it could be anywhere: a soup kitchen, a homeless shelter, delivering goods to a nation in need. But, what I am asking everyone is to be selfless for once in your life and think about others. Volunteering should not be an obligation or a chore… you should WANT to do it. Even though the benefit is for those people you are helping, you will be surprised how rewarding the experience can be. And if one person is fulfilled, maybe he or she will share his or her experiences with a friend, and maybe that person will start volunteering. The more people we have volunteering in this world, the more people are reaping its benefits and hey… maybe our world will be a better place because of it.