Youth Forward Scholarship Winter 2017 – Serving Others

Name: Tiffany Brianna LeMaster
From: Des Moines, Iowa
Grade: 12
School: Theodore Roosevelt High School
Votes: 0


Serving
Others

Serving
others has always been an important value to me. During the last
three years, I have volunteered by serving the underserved and
underprivileged members of my community through my high school’s
community service club (Interact Club), of which I currently serve as
president.  Throughout my high school career, I have spent
approximately 100 hours per year participating as a volunteer. As a
volunteer and as the current Interact Club president, I have had many
responsibilities such as: organizing various can food drives,
organizing a crayon and coloring book drive for the local children’s
hospital, planning a project for a science day at a local community
center serving those in poverty, and creating and delivering holiday
cards for the elderly, amongst various other projects.

Thus
far, my biggest challenge as a volunteer has been my experience
during a missions trip to a homeless community, known as “Skid Row”
in Pasadena, California.  As a volunteer, my job was to hand out
basic supplies such as toothbrushes, toothpaste and toilet paper.  I
had expected the Skid Row residents to be angry at their conditions,
however, I saw the opposite to be true. I immediately noticed the
gratitude of each resident as they humbly accepted the supplies we
had brought to them. They were in the worst conditions, yet they were
thankful.  I saw people smiling, and children playing with the
little they possessed.  This experience challenged me face my
own preconceived notions as to what a homeless person should be like,
and I learned that even in the worst circumstances there can be joy,
and that I should carry that into my life.

Volunteering
aligns with my career goal to pediatrician.  Through my
volunteer work, I have developed compassion and empathy for others,
which will be an integral aspect of my work as a doctor.  The
volunteer activities in which I participate are “forward looking”
as they are preparing me for my future as they provide me insight in
how my compassion can encourage and help others.
I
hope that through my volunteer activities, others will also be
inspired to serve those in need.

I hope that in the future, as I reflect back on my life and on my
experiences as a volunteer, that I will have the contentment in
knowing that I made a difference in the lives of others. Knowing that
I have a purpose in life and that I am able to fulfill needs within
my community, brings me the most satisfaction as a volunteer and as a
human. Through volunteering, I have learned to appreciate the
differences in others and that as an individual I am able to make a
positive influence and impact in the world.


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