Youth Forward Scholarship 2017 – Making a Difference in Myself

Name: Meghan Taylor Opferman
From: Beavercreek, Ohio
Grade: 11
School: Carroll High School
Votes: 0

During
my time volunteering I have worked at many different places. The
majority of my time is spent volunteering with my martial arts
school. I also tutor with National Honors Society and Spanish Honors
Society. Throughout the summer I help teach a grade school band camp
and participate in a community band. I prefer to volunteer many
places in order to learn the most and to help as many people as
possible. I volunteer as much of my time as possible which ends up
having to a few hours each month during the school year and a lot
each month during the summer.

While
volunteering I have lots of responsibilities mainly to those I am
helping. I have to always make the correct decisions: teaching what
truly needs to be taught, listening to problems, and providing
adequate solutions. This creates lots of challenges, when tutoring I
need to have a strong base in the subject in order to help the tutee
appropriately and when I’m teaching martial arts I have to take
each students uniqueness into consideration when helping them. I
have to always make the right decision for each unique situation.

However
difficult it may be to volunteer at all of these places they provide
many rewards, the best being helping others. When I participate in
the community band I give people joy through performing, when I
assist in teaching the grade school band I help children gain an
appreciation for band to pass on to those they perform for. When I
teach martial arts I know that I am teaching a child valuable skills
that will keep them safe and also skills like discipline, dedication,
and determination. Through my tutoring I give students the chance to
ask questions that could make a big difference in their future
studies. The chance to help others with their current problems and
future problems is what gives me the most satisfaction as a
volunteer.

Through
volunteering I have learned more than I could by just participating.
When I volunteer I constantly have to look at a problem a different
way or find a new way to word an answer a question. I have to listen
to directions from more knowledgeable people and at some points to
take charge. These life skills are something that would have been
hard to learn in a different environment and they pertain to my
future. I see volunteering as a form of looking forward. By looking
forward I am now thinking about how my decisions affect my ability to
even have the choice of some decisions in the future. And not just
how my actions now affect me in the future but how they affect
others. I hope that at least one person I have taught will remember
what I taught them or at least be influenced by what they learned;
however, if not one person is helped by me at least I know that I
made a change in myself.


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