We were having a friendly conversation when she asked me about why I chose to do community service at the hospital.
I explained to her that I planned on majoring in the medical field one day and I was working on obtaining community service hours.
We got to talking about the education systems in our countries.
In our conversation I learned that only selected people were given the opportunity to receive an education in her native country of Mexico.
While many of my friends saw the volunteer hours as a burden, I experienced an overwhelming joy and self-satisfaction.
I have exceeded the number of hours required for the scholarship and I will continue to do more in my free time.This past summer, I participated in a community service project, an experience that opened my eyes in many ways. In my time as a volunteer at the hospital, I was able to meet patients and staff members from all over the world and learn about their life experiences.Listening to all of their stories has made me truly appreciate everything which I have.However, I had no idea that my 40 hours of community service would turn into over 400 hours, for no reason other than the fact that I love it!!Through volunteering I have learned that many organizations exist only with the help of volunteers from the community, I have seen the amount of joy that volunteering brings to those who you are helping out, I discovered a feeling of self-satisfaction that no other activity can bring, and What if we did not have a Petroleum Museum to show visitors and newcomers what our fine city was founded on?She told me about the poor education system and the extreme poverty which debilitates Mexico.As a United States citizen, I am provided with a variety of options for education.My grandfather used to be a Meals on Wheels recipient and he would share with me how he enjoyed looking forward to their company and a hot meal daily.I volunteered because I wanted to give back and help someone else’s loved one in the same way.One experience that I will always remember is the day I was running errands and had the opportunity to meet a very special patient.She was a sweet woman who was originally from Mexico.