My Priceless Experience At UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital

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My Priceless Experience

“The best way to not feel hopeless is to get up and do something. Don’t wait for good things to happen to you. If you go out and make some good things happen, you will fill the world with hope, you will fill yourself with hope.” - Barack Obama It all started in the beginning of my freshman year when I started to volunteer at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital. The volunteering experience opened and continues to open my eyes to the needs of my community and the many opportunities for community service. UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital has been open for nearly 100 years. Not only does the staff dedicate their life to their work, but 100% of what they do is for the kids. Their mission is to protect and advance the health and well-being of children. Their vision is to be a leader in children’s health. Since October, I have been volunteering …show more content…

It seems to me that the quote should actually say that volunteers are not paid because their experience is priceless. I have learned many life lessons through volunteering. One of the life lessons I learned was that communication and patience are the keys to most situations. I learned that even if a child asks a question over and over again you should answer it and smile. One of the things I learned from the first few days was that when a child scribbles five different colors on a coloring page and says that they are done don’t question it and just give them another page. I also learned how to like watching the same cartoons by waiting in the emergency room for kids to come in and color. New skills that I learned was to look at things in a positive way, to be patient, and that you can be inspired by little things. By helping others, I felt needed in society. Not only did it boost my self-esteem, but it also let others benefit as

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