Youth Forward scholarship 2016 – Not Everything is the Same to Everybody

Name: Morgan Grace Bush
From: Rockton, Illinois
Grade: 12th
School: Hononegah Community High School
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When volunteering, there are so many areas in that desperately need
help and guidance. My biggest source of volunteer work is at my high
school. My junior year I was selected to become a mentor to
underclassmen. Being a mentor, I wasn’t there to just be a friend
or listen, but to mainly help with their schoolwork so they could
become successful. I wanted to become a mentor because school has
always been such an important part of my life and to know that so
many kids were struggling and needed my help made my decision clear.
Junior year, when the program began, I volunteered four days a week
for 20-25 minutes a day. Now that I am a senior, I only volunteer two
days a week for 20-25 minutes a day because the students don’t need
as much help as they did the year prior. My biggest responsibility
while mentoring seems easy but has proved that is really isn’t:
keeping the students passing. In order to ensure that these students
won’t fail, they have to do their assignments and stay completely
focused, which is a lot harder than it may seem. My biggest
responsibility and biggest challenge seem to go hand in hand. While
the ultimate goal is to make sure the students pass, you always want
to ensure that they learn good time management so procrastination
won’t be a relentless battle throughout the rest of their high
school career. The biggest challenge is keeping the students on task
and interested. As I have mentored now for almost two years, I’ve
noticed that these students are not really interested in anything
they are learning and making school fun and somewhat enjoyable is the
hardest task I have had to take on. And while I would love to say I
have conquered that challenge, it still comes back every day. Despite
the fact I have no defeated my challenge, what gives me the most
satisfaction is knowing that these students are gradually getting
better and bettering now only themselves, but their futures, every
day they walk through the doors. My greatest lesson from becoming a
mentor that I will forever take with me is this: not everything is
the same to everybody. School may be easy and fun for me, but it’s
not for everyone. Learning to experience the same everyday school
activities through someone else’s shoes was a very eye-opening

Mentoring these students isn’t what I wanted to do with my life,
but understanding how things are different for everyone helps me
understand more about psychology. This experience was “forward
looking”, or a glimpse into the future, for me because it made me
understand what my life could be like as a mother or possibly a child
psychologist. Guiding and helping is all I have ever wanted to do. I
hope that these students who have struggled so much with school can
take their experience with the mentors and use it to help kids
struggling who are even younger than them, a sort of pay it forward.
I do believe my volunteer activities could make a difference because
they impacted my life positivity and I hope I did the same for them
and encouraged them to help make a difference in someone else’s

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