Going to school in the city, I’ve learned that one of the most rewarding and easiest ways to learn more about others and yourself is to volunteer. Since freshman year, I’ve volunteered with numerous organizations, for numerous causes, meeting great people along the way and learning new things. It’s a simple win-win situation.
I attended the KIDS (Kids in Distressed Situations) Gala for the second time, December 6, to assist with event management. Yes, its quite different than what traditional volunteering conjures up in the mind, but offering my time and energy, especially during finals without asking anything in return, I would say is pretty comparable.
I’ve always like the behind the scenes more than attending- it’s more fun and interesting.
I wasn’t too familiar with K.I.D.S but the more I looked into it, I learned K.I.D.S brings hope to over 4 million children yearly with new clothes, books, toy, and furniture. Pair my love for kids with my passion for hope and helping and needless to say, a few emails later last year, I was given the opportunity to work with a great team, and even bring some friends to help out.
I’ll never forget how much fun I had preparing 600+ generously donated build-a-bears for the goodybags last year
This year I was asked to come help again! It was great to be able to share this experience with the same girls and same cause almost exactly one year later. Amazing how things can change in just one year.
This year’s gala was held at Cipriani but just like last year it was beautifully decorated and lit.
One of the highlights was hearing Cory Booker, the mayor of Newark, NJ, speak. He gave a very passionate and inspiring speech about how we have to stand up to make a difference. How waiting for the inevitability of change is not enough- things won’t happen until you make it happen. It’s one thing to be aware of such causes like K.I.D.S, it’s another to take action,move forward, make change.
As 2012 comes to a close and as the end of senior year slowly starts to creep up on me, I am reminded of how I was able to be a part of so many different things these past 3ish years. Many if not all the opportunities I have been apart of, I have asked for and have made happen.
Whether it is about charity and compassion or the events that make up our days in life, if we want to have any say in how it turns out, we must make life happen. Be patient, but don’t wait.
As graduation nears, things are becoming very clear:
You get to choose who you spend your time with and what you do with your time.
When you’re with good company, a good time is a given.
You are 100% responsible for yourself.
Finals and school are not an excuse to put life on hold. After all, life is definitely not stopping for you so it doesn’t hurt to enjoy it when you can by engaging in activities such as having a spontaneous photoshoot in Grand Central after an event to prolong having to face the reality of finals 🙂
- Make like happen.
- “When you grow up, you tend to get told that the world is the way it is and your life is just to live your life inside the world, try not to bash into the walls too much, try to have a nice family, have fun, save a little money. That’s a very limited life. Life can be much broader, once you discover one simple fact, and that is that everything around you that you call life was made up by people that were no smarter than you. And you can change it, you can influence it, you can build your own things that other people can use. Once you learn that, you’ll never be the same again.”- Steve Jobs
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