Sunday, 5 June 2011

Do volunteer activities because you like them.

I'm going to tell you a true story right now that should nicely provide rationale for my subject title. Here we go.

I had a guy friend who was very nice and caring. Several years ago, he thought he might want to be a physician one day. His mom greatly supported this and forced encouraged him to volunteer for a homeless shelter. With little enthusiasm, he agreed to do this and got ready to volunteer. Now, he had never volunteered before and wanted to make a good impression so he wore his best shirt, best pants, and an expensive watch to look well kept.

Readers, do not dress up to the nines when volunteering for the homeless!

It was a catastrophe. The people he was helping looked at him like a spoiled little rich kid helping them to write down a few scribbles on his resume. My friend, though very caring towards those he is close to, really did not want to volunteer at this place at all. He did it because he thought he had to and this experience did not help him at all.

If you're going to volunteer, make sure you want to do it. There are lots of benefits in helping others, but if your heart is not in it, this will likely show and someone will catch on. Eventually.


  1. Very true of any extra-curricular, if you don't enjoy the research or prolonged activities you're doing, it can make you hate life a little bit. Is there a happy ending to this story? As in it didn't help him but he got in?

  2. Well there's a twist, I suppose, that I did not mention. Eventually down the road he decided medicine wasn't for him. The happy ending for him is that he found something that suited him much more.

  3. I completely agree with your post. I might add that doing something you don't enjoy means you likely will not "take home" as much wrt yourself as doing something you love.


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