Discovering a Hidden Passion Through Community Service Essay

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"I don't know what your destiny will be, but one thing I do know: the only ones among you who will be really happy are those who have sought and found how to serve."
- Albert Schweitzer

My life has not always been as bright and promising as it is today; I had no idea where my life was going, or how I would possibly be able to attend college at all. Since I was a child, my self-esteem has always been low, and any time college was brought up, it simply made my confidence drop even further. I never believed I could handle college, and never thought I would even be given the opportunity to attend.

It was during my second year of high school that I first heard of the Pruitt Memorial Scholarship. I suddenly felt hope for my future. Hope
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I scanned the list of volunteer places over and over, hoping I had overlooked another theater. But the list never changed, and I was forced to make a choice.

And so, I ended up performing volunteer work at The Museum. Being heavily involved in a theater competition, I was only able to volunteer at The Museum on the weekends, making the experience seem like it would be even longer than I had originally feared. My first day came soon and I was scheduled to help out with the “Christmas at the Mansion” celebration for four hours, practically a lifetime on a Saturday. As the day began I remained melancholy, determined not to enjoy anything that I was tasked with doing. But soon the children began to arrive, all eagerly bouncing about the halls as Santa’s arrival grew nearer and nearer. I was forced to smile as I watched them eat cookies, one after another, and down the watery lemonade like it would vanish before they could ask for another cup.

Before I knew it I was dancing and playing along with the children, a huge grin spread across my face. I could no longer deny the joy that this experience was bringing me. It wasn’t until that night that I realized I was actually looking forward to the coming weeks of my volunteer work, and was saddened as I realized how short a time it truly was.

It was then that I knew what I wanted to pursue; not only theater education for high school students, but for younger students as well! I want to be able to bring

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