The Importance Of My Life

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Parents raise children; Teacher educate their students; politicians represent their communities; scientists create new technologies and innovations. All of these people share a common goal: a commitment to serve their role in the world. No matter the breadth of their efforts, they all are working towards changing the world, beginning with their communities. Personally, I have taken this idea and applied it to my own life, hoping to improve the world through my actions. Throughout high school, I have been blessed to have taken a part in several clubs, jobs, sports and internships that expand throughout the community. I believe that the determining factor for making a difference is largely dependent on the actions of others, in which I would …show more content…
Last year, I was approached by one of my fellow IB Diploma candidates about a possible service opportunity over the coming weeks. Specifically, I was asked to help with the Student of the Year Campaign in Arizona. The objective of the campaign was to raise the most money possible to present to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS) in a month’s time. Cancer, specifically lymphoma, has played a major role in my life, as it hits close to home. My mother was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma when I was in middle school, and I was scared about the realm of losing my mother. Now, she is currently in remission, and I felt responsible to donate to a society dedicated to ending cancer so that other families won’t have to experience the same trauma as my family did. For the campaign, a group of 15 Millennium High School students worked together to reach out to local community businesses and organizations to ask for donations, and support the universal cause of donating to LLS. By the end of the campaign, nearly $100,000 was raised by all Arizona groups to be donated to the society, a monumental donation that surely pays dividends towards advancing research into the lethal disease. As life progressed after the campaign, the winter months of junior year came closer. I was introduced to a new service project by my …show more content…
At the end of our month-long drive, we were successfully able to raise a couple hundred toys for the less fortunate. Looking onto my senior year, I was excited to help out once again with the toy drive; However, during the senior year class, the students do not host any drive of some sort. When I realized in late October of this year, a mere 2 weeks before this year’s junior class were about to start their own used toy drive benefitting All Faith Community Services located in Goodyear, Arizona. As a senior this year, I felt responsible to take the initiative to start my own drive benefitting a new cause this year; However, I was unsure of what I wanted to support, and what I was asking for in terms of donations. I talked things over with my teacher, Mr. Travis Guiney, and together we formulated an idea for my very own drive. After talking about it for several days, I came to the conclusion that I wanted to host a toy drive benefitting the Phoenix Children’s Hospital Southwest Valley Urgent Center in Avondale, Arizona. Mr. Guiney, through his church, had developed a contact and supported the PCH Avondale center years before, and thought it would be an excellent idea to host a toy drive for the patients at the hospital for the Holidays. Now with the ideas in place, the next step was to present my

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