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Learning To Give Back

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Sir Winston Churchill once said, “You make a living by what you get, but you make a life by what you give.”
It is my belief that character isn't built by a single event in your life. Character is built over time by a multitude of life experiences. Sure, there are isolated events that happen and shape your ideas and beliefs, but those are just snapshots that help forge our character. When thinking about ‘what’ has helped form my own character, I’d have to say it was volunteering at the school where my mother teaches. Volunteering at the elementary school has taught me many things but the biggest three are empathy, perseverance, and gratitude. I think learning to ‘give back’ is the most important thing I have ever done.

When I first started volunteering, I really never knew what it meant to be empathetic. I was sympathetic and I also cared about issues. Some issues didn't affect me. I was a spectator and unaffected. It wasn't until I started volunteering that it became real. Suffering, hunger, poverty, illiteracy, and a
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I’ve been given everything that I need to be successful in life thus far. When I was young, I didn’t realize things were different for others. Growing up in an affluent community, you are often shielded from the reality that is life for many people. I think about the the immigrant families and the struggles they face every day and I’m grateful. I think about not being hungry and wondering where and when I will get my next meal and I’m grateful. I think about living in a house with both parents who are educated and working and I’m grateful. I’m also grateful that they have allowed me to travel and see that things ARE different. People all over the world and just six miles away struggle for their existence daily...I don’t, and I am grateful. I also understand that I am not better than others, I am just in a different situation, and for that, I feel grateful and
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