AP English IV
Prompt: Describe a place or environment where you are perfectly content. What do you do or experience there, and why is it meaningful to you? Euphoric. That is how I feel when I volunteer. It is the fact that I am helping others and putting them first instead of thinking about what I want. It is not a certain place where I feel content, it is wherever I am; serving those in need. I feel a sense of worth when I walk into a room, building, or warehouse full of people that need my help to continue to live their daily lives. There is something special about having a day filled with warm hearts and enormous smiles on peoples faces.
During my sophomore year in high school, I worked at a children’s hospice clinic, which was very hard for me to go into knowing that I was going to be side by side with patients who were dying. However, it was one of the best experiences of my life. I came out with a different attitude and perspective on life. Every day that I walked into the facility was a new day to these kids, grateful for simply being able to live another day on earth. They would always have smiles on their faces and were able to touch my heart. Their positive attitudes and beautiful faces brought out the utmost joy from a human and inspired me to treat life like they do. Every day, I thought to myself, how do these kids do it? How do they wake up every morning content knowing they are fated to death in a short amount of time? It was simple, they wanted to make the most out of what they had left. I feel fulfilled when helping them do what they desire.
When I volunteer I am often surrounded ...
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