the World Special
Rebecca Katlyn Hicks
yourself with clubs and activities can allow you to grow as an
individual. Your experiences help to mold who you are. I have chosen
to serve others and volunteer with special needs children throughout
my life. This has easily become one of the best decisions I have ever
passion for this service derived from many sources. The primary
source being my mother. She was previously a special needs teacher
and her love and compassion for the kids inspired my infatuation with
these lovely individuals. In fifth grade I met a boy named Taylor
McConnell who had autism. He became, and remained my best friend to
this day. His kindness was motivational and because of that, he
transformed me into the person I am today. He propelled me to
volunteer with the Special Olympics and become a Medford Basketball
League Assistant at my school. I volunteered with the Special
Olympics annually as it was hosted at my school. During this I met so
many individuals that I have seen grow over the years into incredible
people. It is so rewarding being remembered and greeted by some of
the most heartfelt people who are ecstatic at the very sight of you.
Knowing that you made that much of an impact on someone is
invaluable. My love for children that I discovered while volunteering
aided my decision of a career. I had always wanted to be a doctor of
some sort, yet now I have decided to look into becoming an OBGYN.
Although that decision was how my future has been altered, this
experience alters the lives of many. Once you have touched someone’s
life they will forever take this life-altering experience with them.
Volunteering is imperative in the world we live in today. Loving
everyone, although sometimes hard to do, should be greatly strived
for. Showing everyone kindness can bring joy that can touch the
hearts of individuals. This can bring great change to the world we
live in today. This is something that all people can do. Special
needs does not affect the attitudes of these individuals and we
should all learn from the great and pure love that they give.
is universal and acts of kindness can impact lives beyond imaginable.
Volunteering with the special needs has given my life a greater
meaning. I will never take for granted this opportunity and I will
forever be grateful for the people that have blessed my life along
this journey. I will volunteer with people with disabilities for as
long as I live. My lifetime goal is to travel to third world
countries and medical aid these special, kinder spirited souls. I
hope all the readers of this have been touched by the powerful
message conveyed by the love that we can give people.