Community service gives mixed feelings

It is not that I do not like to do community service. I have done a ton of it throughout my middle school time but the MAN doesn’t consider that worthy enough to be used for my college applications and even for the Pat Brown mandatory 40 hours! I was a busy middle school kid, but this is not the place to write my autobiography.

The reason I’m not doing community service right now, unlike good two shoes Catherine, is because I tend to leave stuff until the end. What I have right now is a love hate relationship with procrastination. I love that I relax for the first half of summer but I hate that I do work in the second half of summer because I have homework, community service hours, and more homework, nobody likes homework.

It’s not like I like to procrastinate. I always end up; I would not say hating myself, but something around that, a little bit more than before. Some days I come home and tell myself, “Today’s the day time to buckle down and do work son!” Then my bed forces me to relax and I have to watch Netflix against my own free will. Disappointed! That was the word I was looking for.

I guess I will be able to do all the volunteering in the world. I know I would make me look great to the colleges and give me a better chance to be accepted but I am just really lazy. Laziness is my strongest side. It tends to take over most of my day ; making me purposely avoid homework and other important projects. Being lazy is the worst though.

But the times I have volunteered I wouldn’t say it was the most exciting choices I’ve ever made. I volunteered at my old elementary school (LETS GO EAGLES!) with my old 5th grade teacher, but volunteering shouldn’t be about how much fun you’re going to have (even though I usually think about that before sending in applications), it should be about the effect it’s going to have on you and other people.

Volunteering and stuff is all about learning and what not. What did I learn while volunteering at an elementary school you ask?! One thing I did learn was that children are the worst. I wouldn’t mind becoming a teacher in the future but never an elementary school teacher. I mean, obviously the class of 2013 was never like that back in the days.

Truthfully, I regret spending my days in the playground chilling out, maxing, relaxing all cool, and sometimes even shooting some b-ball outside of the school.

That is one thing that I like about Pat Brown. The staff makes it so the students do what they would not have done by themselves.

I don’t think I would have ever thought about doing community service if it wasn’t for APB’s ,up in your face, mandatory 40 hours needed to graduate policy. I know it makes me sound like a bad person because I do community service when
I am forced to do it but most of us would not of even considered doing community service if it was not for Pat Brown.

What am I going to do this summer? Great question! I’m not going to have a summer, I have a couple places where I’m going to volunteer at hopefully every day.

“But wise Javier I’m only in 9th grade, can’t I just relax for another year?” and my answer to that is “No”

You have to begin thinking about community service and volunteering right when you enter high school.

If you don’t want to do it for others, you have to do it for yourself. Either way you will help out a lot of people.

Volunteering and good grades shows the colleges that you are a well rounded student and you don’t mind giving up for time for important things.

Do as many hours that can fit in your schedule. I know this might sound cliche or whatever, but working hard now will pay off in the long run.

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