To be honest, I have not sought out any form of help from any of the school’s resource systems. Perhaps I shouldn’t admit that, but it’s not as if I’ve done nothing at all. I have been working with my group, and we have been trying to figure it out together. But this is not because of the “I’m an Honors student, and I don’t need help” complex, I promise. So far, this project has not been something incredibly difficult. Other than getting rejected by our first service group, we have been able to figure everything out by ourselves. It has really been nice to work closely with people that I met only two months ago. At this point, it seems like I’ve known them for much longer. I guess you might be surprised to know how quickly you begin to bond with a person when you are thrust into the same situation. Also, it’s nice to have John to talk to, who has been through all of these things. I asked him if I could wear my red suit that I got for Halloween for the presentation, and he said it would be fine. Now, I did not decide to wear it, but I love that he didn’t shoot the idea down. Especially since I wasn’t kidding (I just made the choice not to wear it. The pants are really tight and uncomfortable, and I did not want to wear them for the whole day).
I have joined the ECO club here at Baruch. Last weekend they went on a trip to the Aquarium in Brooklyn, but I could not actually go. It was disappointing that I had to miss out on it, but I had a ton of homework that needed to get done. Yay for time management and priorities. I actually go to the aquarium with my family quite often, usually around Shark Week. It’s awesome to see real sharks during Shark Week. Unfortunately, this did not effect my community service project directly.
Again, to be completely honest, my understanding of community service has not changed because of this project. I’m guessing that along with most people in this class, my high school had a community service requirement. My mother made sure that I did as much service as I could, regardless of the “required” number. It’s because of her that I really appreciate helping others, no matter what personal gain you might get. It makes a community service assignment seem less forced.