By Crystal Rivera
Community service plays a vital role among students who wish to make a positive impact on the world. As the year progresses, not many students understand the importance of community service and how one act of kindness can change the future. There are countless opportunities that occur in Temecula, such as volunteering at animal shelters or helping out at local libraries. Although the task may seem meaningless, the activities organized by different on-campus clubs and outside the campus have a life-changing impact on the community.
One of the many clubs that offer amazing opportunities is the Interact club, organized by Senior President Jennifer Valencia and Senior Vice President Sydney Moreno. These two, as well as many other wonderful officers, have created a welcoming environment where they encourage others to take on opportunities to change the world. Valencia believes that “community service is important not just for high school but a lesson for every human being mainly because it teaches you what it means to contribute to society.” If change is needed to improve the state of the world, then action must start with the people. By taking on service opportunities, students learn valuable lessons in life, as well as increase their character for colleges to observe. As Valencia stated, “Our mantra is ‘Service Above Self’, so we have to put the good of the community over our personal standards.” For some it is no easy task, as there are those who believe community service is not beneficial and are merely participating to achieve the basic minimum of forty hours. As Senior Alexandra Kim stated, “We tend to live in an individualistic society where people only care about themselves and are very closed off with what they’re doing. I think the more people who begin to promote community service, the more people are willing to follow in those footsteps and to really help each other out.” Community service encourages cooperation with others and allows students to follow the path for a better future, not only for our generation but for future generations as well.
There are numerous benefits for those who achieve a large sum of community service hours.“It’s called the Principal's Service Award, so if you’d like an award definitely shoot for that, especially if you are a freshman you can get a lot of hours if you join enough clubs,” Valencia stated. As students progress into the year, colleges tend to look for those who commit themselves to the idea of positively impacting the world. According to Kim, “...Colleges tend to look at those who excel and really commit themselves to certain things, which is why I would shoot pretty far above the forty limit.” For students who need a chance to change the world, there are numerous clubs that offer different opportunities for different passions. “I’d say Girl Talk is a good one, Peer leaders is a good one if you are interested in tutoring, CSF (California Scholarship Federation) is a great one too,” Valencia recommended. Other opportunities include Key Club, Environmental Club, National Honor Society (NHS) and many more.
Earning community service hours may sound like a difficult task to complete, but with the right people to interact, there are multiple opportunities that students can contribute to help the world. “My advice is to be more willing to put yourself out there in order to find what you can contribute to,” Valencia stated. The world is changing and the future needs students who are willing to contribute and form a more positive environment. One small action is all it takes to change the future.