Alyssa Law Contributing Writer
With the 2018-2019 school year coming to a close, it is important for students to reflect on what they’ve done throughout the year—how they’ve grown, what things they’ve succeeded at, and what they could have done better. This is also time to plan and make schedules for next year. While every student makes plans to take certain classes and make time for their job, it is also important to make time for volunteering. I have been lucky enough to have had time for volunteering during my four years at Eastern. I have gained so many skills, met new people, and given back to my community. I believe that everyone should volunteer at some point during their college career.
First, volunteering has given me skills and tools that I will be able to use for the rest of my life. Whether is it working in a group, interacting with people who have disabilities or are homeless, or working with kids, volunteering can prepare you for real-life issues. It helps you build leadership skills and make useful connections when looking for a job or if you need a letter of recommendation. Volunteering can also offer students the opportunity to meet new people. I have met so many of my friends through volunteering and it’s nice to find people with common interests. You can really get to know people while working with them. It is also a great way to have fun with your friends, as volunteer work can include doing something simple and fun like making blankets or crafts for kids in the hospital.
Giving back to any community you are part of is important. Many people think that the only way to give back is with money, but you can make a huge difference in someone’s life just by spending time with them. Not only this, but it can be a great stress reliever from tough college work and classes. It is always nice to be able to get away from school work for a few hours. Once your job is done, you will know that the people that you helped are grateful, making you feel proud of your work and being able to help someone.
These are just a few of the benefits that students can get from volunteering. Whether it is only a few hours each semester or a few hours each week, making the time to help out in the community can build your character and make a world of difference in your life.