When I first stumbled upon this scholarship from the American Legion, I knew right away that I wanted to apply for it because of the similarities between what the American Legion and what I both stand for. I few words that I would use to describe the American Legion and myself would be, service, integrity, and hard work. These are a few things that I take very seriously and attempt to involve in my life everyday. I pride myself on these high character traits and try to use them in my community, during sporting events, at home, and at my school. I also implement these traits while fulfilling my civic duties by doing service around my community. Some of these services involve, the 20 hours of service I am required to do each year to graduate
After taking care of my educational responsibilities and extra-curricular activities, I always find the time to involve myself in service-oriented activities. For example, during the last year, I completed 68 hours of community service. And, this year I hope to devote more hours to activities that will benefit my fellow students and my community. I have great plans in mind like organizing service trips, doing fund raisers, reserve one Saturday each month to community service to bring a smile to someone’s face. Additionally, this year the Interact members have selected me as a treasure for the school year 2015-2016; giving me the chance to use my leadership skills to provide a valuable service to my classmates. I also want to apply my leadership to encourage and motive others to join and remain active in worthwhile
Joseph Campbell once said, “follow your bliss and the universe will open doors where there were only walls.” Many people consider your bliss to be your calling or what you are meant to do in life as well as what you enjoy doing. I think this quote is very empowering because it suggests that if you do what you love and what you were meant to do, you will find a way to succeed. I have found that there are many things that I love to do, things such as listening and sharing music as well as spending time with loved ones and friends. But one thing that has always stood out is helping others. In the past, I have had many opportunities to volunteer at many places and donate to those in need. Being able to help others and bring others happiness makes
Have you ever felt alone or isolated from the world? Well from being in middle school, I’ve learned that some people feel as if the world revolved around them. They do things they never would’ve done. Yet, they still do it just to try to fit in the crowd. From many experiences, I have learned that it’s ok to not be with the crowd since the crowd isn’t always the best option. Although, many times I feel isolated and as if no one will catch me if I fall. This relates to some people in the book Al Capone Does My Shirts written by Gennifer Choldenko.
Even though I have never been on an airplane, I consider myself an international traveler. I live in the U.S. but I also have Lebanese immigrant parents. When I was younger, I used travel back and forth across international borders to fulfill my daily routine in one city. But; I was never Arab enough to fit in with “Arab” natives, and being Arab means that I would never be considered “American” enough. Because of this, I suffered from “identity jet lag”; and I always questioned where I belonged. My first stigma to my identity wasn’t from the outside world, but from the people who looked like me; Muslim/Arab women are often discouraged from following their passions, and told to follow a more traditional role. But as I grew older, I recognized
In middle school and high school, almost every club I was in had to do with serving the community. It has always been something I enjoyed doing. I live in Johnstown, a city where many of the families are in poverty. One of my school 's biggest projects was Trojan Family Christmas, which was a charity event sponsored by Kiwanis Club through our Key Club that ensured children within my school district got at least one present. The members of Key Club, which included myself, put together different activities for the children, which included making Christmas ornaments and hot chocolate.
In Marietta, tourism plays a large role. To help bring tourists in the Marietta-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau promotes the town through various forms of advertisement. This semester I volunteered at this organization, assisting with anything they need to promote events in Marietta and increase tourism. My jobs was to help with tasks that would help produce the annual visitors guide. Volunteering here has taught me the importance of different styles of followership and has given me an experience as a follower in a facilitative style of leadership.
I volunteer at Thriving Connections (TC). Their mission is to provide support “by making the personal and community connections that are important for successful life change” (Thriving Connections). TC works to increase the financial stability of families living with low income and reduce the use of welfare benefits (Thriving Connections). They work to develop personal connections as well as community connections.
My path to law school has began in my sophomore year of college, now I am ready for the challenges ahead with an eagerness to learn. I have discovered over the years that I embody the unique combination of activism, diligence, and courage beneficial for a legal career. I originally had an interest in pursuing a law degree as a student in the School of International and Public Affairs at Florida International University. At the time, I chose to major in criminal justice with the intention of becoming a defense attorney. However as I neared graduation I was not certain about a career as a defense attorney. Shortly after graduation I decided to move to New York City to explore career options. However I remained open to a career in law. Moving to New York City presented challenges, some of which brought me to realize my advocacy potential.
A family of seven living in El Salvador barely eats since their father only earns six dollars a month. One of the children, Rocio, suffers from anemia, however, when Feed My Starving Children stepped in, her life changed. Now, she helps her mother fetch water and is happy because she can carry the jugs on her own. This is just one case of how Feed My Starving Children has influenced and changed lives. My charity I chose not only feeds those who are in need of nutrition, but they also give hope and happiness to the families and people they help.
Leadership is a quality that seems to be fading upon this new generation. There are many young adults that have capability to thrive and become a leader of their community. I grew up in a small town of with a population of 10,000 where people would try to be the change in the world. Leadership isn't a skill that you can learn, it's a skill gained only through experiences. I attended the High School Leadership Conference held at OU as a junior. While attending the conference, I heard from former attendee's of HSLC saying that "HSLC changed my life" "HSLC made me become a better person." I thought to myself, "These people are weird, they're crazy to think a weekend long conference will affect me so much." See, this is where I was wrong. HSLC changed my life for the good. I became open to people, I started putting other people in front of me, and most importantly I grew a heart. During my tenure at Siloam Springs High School in Siloam Springs. I was a member to many clubs: HOSA, Spanish Club, FBLA, Beta Club, and FACS. All these clubs were excellent opportunities to earn volunteering hours and to promote yourself into helping the community.
While I reflect back on Round Three and my experiences with the program itself, I have conflicting feelings. While I feel that I have accomplished more than I assumed I would, I concede that I could have achieved more for the communities I served and for my team. While I remain the finickiest eater on my team, I consumed and appreciated foods that my younger self would not have even considered. I also had the opportunity to witness and experience endeavors that I never thought I would. One of these was hiking up a 14,000 foot mountain. This might have been one of the more difficult activities that I have done in my life in regards to challenging my capability to persevere. When I received news that the team would be working with the American Red Cross, I became particularly excited since it would offer additional work and experiences about disaster and emergency relief. I
During my freshman year, I had the opportunity to volunteer and help others. Before this year, I had never volunteered before, so I knew this was my opportunity to do some community service to better others. I have found through my experience that I really love to volunteer, so I will continue volunteering on my own, rather than just doing it for a class. Doing service projects is a great way to get involved with the community. There are always people and businesses looking for help, and it is usually easy to find a way to help, especially when you are in FBLA. When Ms. Mirabal told the class about our community service project, I was excited because I never really volunteered before. Becoming involved in community service provided me with
In modern societies hundreds of images invade our mind everyday. Each image ingrains messages about what to wear, where to eat, whom to believe in, and even how to appropriately act within social situations. Mass-produced images, such as public service announcements or PSA’s, have become the norm for promoting prosocial behavior. From issues such as animal cruelty to childhood obesity, PSAs are usually produced by non-profit organizations hoping to persuade an audience to support their cause and engage in helpful, rather than harmful, behavior. This type of advertisement often walks a thin line between beneficial and threatening, and images used in PSA’s have historically been met with controversy. However, what is threatening and controversial
My transition from childhood to adulthood came during my high school experience. High school has made an immense impact on me. The lessons I learned have truly changed who I am today. The one thing that has affected me the most was the passing away of my father.. This event has taught me a lot about who I am and brought me through the transition from childhood to adulthood.