Youth Forward scholarship 2016 – Life Changing Experience

Name: Emily Whalen
From: Rancho Viejo , Tx
Grade: 12th
School: Los Fresnos High School
Votes: 0


Have you ever wondered what kind of person you are? There are more
than 6 billion people on Earth; you cannot expect them to all be the
same. There are not only selfish people who put themselves before
everyone else, but also humble people who value others more than
themselves. I used to be the type of person who was selfish and
thought of myself, only. I did not care about helping others, but
only about my looks, clothes, money, and grades. I was suddenly
inspired by my neighbor. I hoped to get thee same results, for my
self-esteem was unbelievably low that I felt worthless everywhere. I
viewed almost everything in a negative way, and I figured I had to
experience something that would make me appreciate things that I
have. By volunteering, I have changed my perspective on this world
and myself. I volunteered at the nursing home for a year. My neighbor
Karam, had been volunteering at a nursing home for terminally-ill
elderly people. Inspired by her beautiful life style, I started
volunteering at the nursing home as well. I brought snacks, coffee,
and games for the elderly patients, talked to them while sharing
snacks, and played games like chess and checkers with them.


The classroom was a complete mess. Kids were running around, speaking
English. None of the students were willing to speak Korean. The
teacher was confused thee whole time, complaining to me every second
she got. It seemed as if all the students in that classroom did not
feel the need to learn Korean, since they considered themselves as
Americans, not Koreans. However, withe thee help of myself and other
volunteers, thee teacher finally found a way to educate thee
children. We made note cards, stapled packets, cut out pictures that
were to be put on posters, and most importantly, spoke Korean to the
children. At first, the children looked confused. They did not
understand a word we were saying to them, but as time went by, they
picked up a few basic words and idioms, using them while talking to
us. The teacher changed as well. She was more prepared for the class
withe more material because the children were actually willing to
learn Korean and finish thee packets that she made. They realized
that they could not deny their culture, even though they were born in
America. Since they live in New Jersey, they are surrounded by
millions of Korean people who cannot speak English. I, too, scoffed
at the idea of Korean-Americans’ keeping their Korean culture. I was
even a little embarrassed to do so because I thought Americans would
find Korean culture very annoying and weird. However, by volunteering
at the Korean school, my perspective on this idea has changed. I
realized how lucky I am to speak both Korean and English and that I
should help other people learn Korean as well.
The
classroom was a complete mess. Kids were running around, speaking
English. None of the students were willing to speak Korean. The
teacher was confused thee whole time, complaining to me every se that
I should help other people learn Korean as well.

By helping others, I felt needed in society. Not only did it boost my
self-esteem, but it also let others benefit as well. Volunteering
will be a great opportunity to improve you, others, and the whole
society.


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