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Digital Scrapbook by Hannah Leeping
Transcript of Digital Scrapbook by Hannah Leeping
Cleaning the environment taught me the importance of how much the earth truly does mean to our survival.
During my sophomore year I was excited to jump into everything I would learn in order to be a teacher but I also knew there was a need inside of me to continue my volunteer work. The work over the course of this year involved traveling to Guatemala to help build homes for poor families. I learned how to communicate, contribute and how children learn from this trip.
Building homes in Guatemala made me see how lucky I am to attend college and have a great home in the US.
Working with special needs children helped me to see that kids are amazing to work with.
Junior year hit and I realized how much I truly loved to help people around the world. Second semester led me to studying abroad in Africa. It was a place I had always wanted to visit but combined with my love for helping others it became the perfect trip. Port Elizabeth, South Africa was my destination. I was able to help out with various jobs in helping children and their families. I cannot express enough gratitude for this trip. It was essential in the steps to seeing what I wanted for the rest of my life.
During senior year it finally hit me that I would be out in the real world extremely soon. I may have had a degree in education but I had no idea what to do with that. I also did not want to leave behind helping others across the world. Finally I stumbled on the option to join the Peace Corps. I had put in my application and by the 6 month mark I had a place to go and volunteer when I finished college. The final year of school led me into going back into my school environment to tutor. I also joined an organization to get involved in helping homeless people in my community.
I think that by helping anywhere I could my true purpose was discovered. Volunteering made me realize that I wanted to be a teacher. It also prompted me to see my initial place in the world after college. I cannot believe that I will be leaving for the Dominican Republic soon but I know that it will only further mold me into the person I am meant to be.
College offered me the opportunity to go out and do what I love: help people. Through different ways of volunteering I developed my true path in the world to discover who I was. When being placed into college I had absolutely no idea what I was going to do with my life. I may have been through 18 years of life but in reality I had no idea what I wanted and could accomplish.
I can't wait to join the peace corps!
Name: Alexis Sato
From: Boston, MA.
College: University of Santa Clara
Major: Elementary Education
The American Identity reflects upon the fact that one must help others in order to become completely fulfilled in life.
Volunteering in South Africa confirmed my love for children!
The children I worked with in South Africa were so cute! Being able to work with them improved my understanding of what it is to be a teacher.
Working at the Special Olympics
The opinions of others don't fulfill someone with true happiness leading to the search to be within one's true character.
“The self-defining story implicitly reconfigures and plays out contested cultural themes about what it means to be an American-like the idea that we are a “chosen people”, destined to live free and spread freedom, even if the world does not wish to go along.”
“He’s gotta study, Uncle Willy. He’s got Regents next week (32).”
Helping those in need instills a passion in oneself
The ability to change an aspect of the world means that one must go out to alter it directly to have an impact.
By Junior year I discovered my true self through the need to help others. This ultimately lead me to discover my passion for helping people in need
“I don’t like you yelling at her all the time, and I’m tellin’ you, that’s all (65).”
"If I am blessed, I use my privilege to help others who are less fortunate"
"In Emerson’s uniquely American Brand of romantic individualism the good and productive life is the heroic actualization of the inner self. To life freely and truthfully is to manifest one’s inner destiny."
" I offered you a job. You can make fifty dollars a week. And I won't send you on the road" (96).
Over the course of my sophomore year I saw how other countries needed help. I had the urge to travel in order to have the largest impact. The result for me was the discovery I could do what I set my mind to and have a positive impact upon the world.
Doing something that means something to society can cause one to have the willingness to continue to help people in need
“The redemptive self sustains hope, but blind hope is naïve. Knowing who we are as Americans should involve knowing the strengths and the limitations of the stories we live by, and knowing that others may live by stories very different from our own.”
My freshman year led me to meet many people who accepted me and others who did not. A lot could not see my love for volunteer work along with the joy that it brought in my life. I could not let those opinions get to me and instead I found friends who enjoyed helping others with me.
“Why am I trying to become what I don’t want to be … when all I want is out there, waiting for me the minute I say I know who I am” (105).
I loved helping special needs children the art of dancing!
Working with children was my favorite part of the service trip!
My freshman year I was placed in a new environment, away from home which led me to want to learn about this new community. To meet new people it was suggested I join some clubs around campus. I began to help with cleaning up the environment and also doing work with special needs children through these different organizations. By the end of my freshman year I had finally declared a major in education and also had a good group of friends.
When feeding these children I learned how to truly appreciate what I have in my life.
I am completely ready to go out in the world and help others. Volunteering has completely shaped my views on the world and I cannot wait to continue to experience many more things along with create new ideas.
Helping others showed me who I was as a person which is why I am so thankful for the opportunities to volunteer.
By: Hannah Leeping & Shannon Whalen