"The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others." ~ Mahatma Gandhi
In addition to volunteerism through service learning I also volunteered through the Write Stuff program. Once a week I went to the local middle school and helped tutor 7th grade students in writing as they prepared to take the English Language Arts MCAS test (MCAS tests are State Tests given to students in the State of Massachusetts). Mentoring a student this way really showed me that I wanted to do something that works directly with people in the future.
My opportunity also brought me into the community of North Adams. Starting this program during my first semester at MCLA I quickly got acquainted with the community of North Adams from this program. I never realized how much volunteerism does for building communities.