Youth Forward Scholarship 2017 – The Best Way to Find Yourself

Name: Alexus Stebleton
From: Dilworth, MN
Votes: 0

In my eighteen years of life, volunteering has always played a huge
role. I have been a part of several organizations that deal greatly
with volunteering and helping others. I joined Girl Scouts in the
first grade, and carried through until my sophomore year of high
school, earning both my bronze and silver awards. For both of those
awards, I was required to complete a service project. The first year,
we choose the homeless shelter and the children’s hospital for our
main focus. We gathered toiletry items and put together bags that
would be given to the people that came to the homeless shelter. We
also gathered art supplies that would be put together to give to the
children staying at the children’s hospital at Sanford. Both of
these were moving experiences that compelled me to want to help them
later on. For my silver award, my troop and I planted a garden in
which we donated 100% of the produce to the local homeless shelter.
After my sophomore year, I was fortunate enough to be accepted into
the National Honor Society at my school. We were required to have a
minimum of 50 hours of volunteer work in the previous two years of
high school. Once I was accepted, we had a minimum of 36 hours we
were required to volunteer in our community, and personally I feel
like it should be even more. I am a firm believer that helping others
who are less fortunate than me is a very important duty of mine. It
can be very frustrating when you have the desire to help others, but
have such a busy life. My goal is to make time at least a couple
times a month to volunteer. I also hope to find an organization that
I will fall in love with and become a regular volunteer there. One of
my favorite quotes is by Mahatma Gandhi and it says “The best way
to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” I
think this is an awesome quote because it helps me stay humble and
grounded. I have learned so many awesome things while volunteering.
The summer before my senior year of high school, I went on a mission
trip to Eagle Butte, South Dakota. I’m not going to lie; it was
very scary working with people you are not used to everyday. We
served people of all ages at a food shelter, and anybody was welcome
to come have a hot meal. By everyone, I mean everyone; whether they
were sober or not they could come and eat. This experience taught me
that there are some people struggling and that just because there are
people different from myself in this world, does not mean I can judge
them or criticize their choices in life. Volunteering is one of the
most important aspects of my life, and as long as I am able to help
others, there will be nothing that will stop me.

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