Giving Back to the Community: A Personal Statement

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Giving Back to the Community I will shortly be receiving my Bachelor's Degree in Multidisciplinary Studies with a concentration on business. I will soon leave the world of studies and enter what is commonly referred to as "the real world." While this thought is someone frightening, especially given the current economic situation the nation faces, it is also exciting as well. I believe that crossing this threshold will change the way I view my role in the community, as well as the impact I will have on the community when I graduate. No longer will I see myself as a "child" in society, taking what society has to offer but never thinking of giving back. Instead, I am soon to become a fully fledged member of the community, with responsibilities to the community as a whole. For most of my life the community in which I have lived has existed for my benefit. From the parks to the schools, from the roads to the public buildings, everything in my community has been there for me to use at my pleasure. I have never been forced to contribute to the community, never paying property taxes or attending local governmental meetings. I have never been part of a community organization, or any such group. But that time is coming to an end, and as a full adult member of my community, I feel that I should take a more active role. With the inclusion in a community comes responsibilities to others as well as the community as a whole. Without participation, a community is only a group of
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