Youth Forward Scholarship 2017 – Volunteering

Name: Meagan Gramlin
From: Saint Louis, Missouri
Votes: 0

Volunteering gives you an opportunity to change people’s lives,
including your own. It gives you the satisfaction of playing a role
in someone else’s life, helping people who may not be able to help
themselves. Volunteering is a way of giving back to your community
while developing important social skills and gaining valuable work
experience all at the same time.

But how can I get a job if all they want is experience, you ask?
That’s where volunteering comes in. If you’re looking for work,
volunteering is a good way to gain experience and references for your
course of life. Many people work unpaid in order to gain experience
in very competitive fields such as television, but some people may
not describe them as volunteers. Well then, what exactly is
“volunteering”? Many would describe it as any unpaid job, which
involves spending time doing something that aims to benefit others.
In that case, volunteering at an animal hospital, for instance, would
be a great opportunity. We’ve all seen the stories on TV about
animals in need. This is where you take charge of your life and
contribute a little of your time and energy into helping others.
You’re bound to get more out of it than you put in.

There are so many beneficial ways of getting involved in and giving
back to your community. Not only is volunteering a rewarding
experience, but it helps teenagers’ reputations. By giving up a few
hours of your day to clean up the local community park, you may bring
a lifetime of happiness in some child’s life. Or provide shelter
and warmth to a family who lives on the streets by volunteering to
help in building them a home. Why not spend a little time helping
others, because in the end, what goes around comes around.

Volunteering is not only effective, but it’s a good way to meet
people, learn, and develop social skills. By helping or supporting
others, you learn and use new skills gaining confidence, building
self-esteem, responding to challenges and being challenged,
expressing yourself, and using your imagination. By helping out with
something you believe in, you gain the sense of achievement and
reward, and the opportunity to have initiative in your life.

Volunteering is an opportunity to go out and do something for
yourself, your community, and others. You gain the experience, the
social skills, and the friendship of others.
“…ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do
for your country.”

How does this
relate to a degree in psychology you ask?
Psychology is
still a fairly new science. There is still so much we don’t know.
Doing research and finding out new information is a great way to give
back to your community. From social to personality psychology, there
is still so much to learn and so many ways to use the information
given to you. Discovering new ways to treat mental disorders and
learning new things about how criminals think. There are many ways
psychology gives back to the community.

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