In college, I joined Alpha Phi Omega, the national service fraternity.
Currently a senior at Saint Louis University, I have completed hundreds of service hours.
Needless to say, service plays an integral part in my life.
Through my experiences, I have explored the deeper meaning of what it truly means to serve but also have uncovered the darker side of service.
We leave that day feeling great about ourselves because of the change we made that day and carry on with our merry lives. It’s when genuine connections are built and strengthened over the course of time.
I’ve found these meaningful relationships personally while volunteering with disease-specific organizations, such as the Lupus Foundation, the Alzheimer’s Association and the Polycystic Kidney Disease Foundation.Everyone at some point in their lives has experienced love, whether they were loved or have loved.Love seems to be the main underlying goal that we all strive for in our lifetimes.The Definition of Religion Perhaps one of the hardest words to define on the societal and personal level is religion.The ideas in which this one word encompasses has been the cause of countless wars, crusades, misconceptions, and prejudice but also gives millions the sense of hope in dark times, community, moral codes, and a reason for existence.In fact, SLU prides itself on completing more than one million service hours each year. Most of us find ourselves weeding, pulling roots, mulching and raking leaves. Rather, my point is that true service is more than just a one-day excursion.These mundane tasks are assigned to accommodate the mass quantity of students. Service consists of continuous processes that develop into fruitful relationships.My father always emphasized the importance of giving back to the community that has given so much to us. And it’s how I find myself on this relentless pursuit to serve.After an invitation from my dad, I began volunteering with the Lupus Foundation in high school.I spend time helping out at their fundraising events including 5K races, walks and dinners.My dad and I volunteer together at many of these events.