When I was in high school, as a member of Beta Club, I was required to do a lot of service projects but the most memorable one for me was tending a garden patch on the front lawn of our campus called “Jenny’s Garden” after a student who was killed in a car accident back in 2002. I, along with the other members of the organization, planted flowers and picked weeds every month, sometimes in bitterly cold weather. But I loved it. I found gardening to be peaceful and it made me happy knowing I was helping to beautify our campus. And it was great to be able to help bring tribute to Jenny and the other West Hall High School students who died.
Also, while in high school, I was a member of the chorus and every Christmas, we would go and sing for nursing homes and hospitals in our community. Seeing the old/sick people’s faces light up just by having a bunch of teenagers sing “Carol of the Bells” really warmed my heart. I’ve always loved singing and it felt wonderful to sing and brighten up someone’s holidays.
Last semester, I was inducted into Gamma Beta Phi, an honor and service society on campus. During the first semester, I collected cans for the hungry and helped with the Christmas tree in Lakeside where students and faculty can buy a gift for someone who otherwise, might not have a great Christmas.