5 Reasons Why You Should Go On A Service Trip

5 Reasons Why You Should Go On A Service Trip

“If you haven't done much giving in your life, try it and see how you feel afterward.”

Until you actually go on a service trip, you will never quite understand the impact it can leave on you. Going on a service trip will change your life for the better, and you will have an experience you won't forget. You all see the pictures and statuses posted on Facebook about someone going on a service trip. They will all say how much they loved giving back and what a great experience it was for them. Going on a service trip is something everyone should do once in there lifetime. Why not step out of your comfort zone and try something new? You will get to see a new part of the world and will be able to pay it forward. You'll never know just how much you'll enjoy it until you try it.

5. Opportunity

Whether you need volunteer hours, a resume builder or a vacation, going on a service trip is full of opportunities to become a better person and learn some new things. I mean, why not? You have nothing to lose, and what’s better than going on a little vacation and being able to pay it forward. This is the perfect way to get involved and see a new part of the world. You don’t need to travel out of the country to even go on a volunteer trip, there are plenty in your state, and you should check out your local organizations to see what you could do. I’m sure some of your friends have been on service trips and you have heard the fun stories and pictures about their time. Opportunity to give back to the community is always out there and waiting, so what’s holding you back?

4. New friends

Whether you decide to take your service trip without knowing anyone or sign up with a friend, you will be in a group with people with various experiences and personalities. Talk to the people you're with and get to know them. You never know what you could learn from working with the person next you. Don’t be afraid to reach outside your comfort zone and get to know someone. Every person is filled with various experiences and has network connections that could potentially help you get more involved on campus or in the community. This is a great chance to learn something new and gain some more friends.

3. New perspective

Some of us have been blessed with a very fortunate and healthy life, but not everyone has the same lifestyle and blessings that you do. Going on a service trip will help you see you see how lucky you are. Being able to go to a new environment, hear these stories and see the world around you is a way to keep yourself humble. This trip might also help you connect with people who are going through the same experience as you. Either way, you will be able to see the impact you are leaving behind and how much your volunteer work means to someone. This may even inspire you to become more involved in volunteering or raise money for a various organization. Being able to see the world in a new light is not something that will happen very often, so you should always jump at the chances that are offered for you to see new things, whether it is good or bad.

2. Giving back

Whether it is giving someone a small compliment or helping them with a task, hearing the words “Thank you” and “you made my day better” will always make you feel good. On a service trip, you are able to see the happiness you are bringing to the people, and maybe even animals, you are helping each day you are there. You will be able to see the smiles and receive multiple thank you's for you volunteer work. Knowing you were able to impact someone’s life in a positive way is something you will be able to walk with and know for the rest of your life. Nothing is better than knowing you were able to help improve the community.

1. Experience of a lifetime

No matter where you go or what organization you are volunteering for, you will gain some knowledge, friends and memories. Going on a service trip is something you will always remember and cherish. You will remember the friends you made, the work you did and the impact you left on others. While going on a volunteer trip can be tiring and filled with a lot of hours and maybe included tasks you weren’t a fan of doing, at the end of the trip, you know it was worth it, and you will start thinking about where your next service trip can be. While your trip may not have been full of booze, beaches and boys, you have had an experience of a lifetime with plenty of memories to look back on for years to come. You may be already in the process of planning out your second service trip.

"The Best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others." –Gandhi
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To The Friends I Won't Talk To After High School

I sincerely hope, every great quality I saw in you, was imprinted on the world.


So, for the last four years I’ve seen you almost everyday. I’ve learned about your annoying little brother, your dogs and your crazy weekend stories. I’ve seen you rock the awful freshman year fashion, date, attend homecoming, study for AP tests, and get accepted into college.

Thank you for asking me about my day, filling me in on your boy drama and giving me the World History homework. Thank you for complimenting my outfits, laughing at me presenting in class and listening to me complain about my parents. Thank you for sending me your Quizlets and being excited for my accomplishments- every single one of them. I appreciate it all because I know that soon I won’t really see you again. And that makes me sad. I’ll no longer see your face every Monday morning, wave hello to you in the hallways or eat lunch with you ever again. We won't live in the same city and sooner or later you might even forget my name.

We didn’t hang out after school but none the less you impacted me in a huge way. You supported my passions, stood up for me and made me laugh. You gave me advice on life the way you saw it and you didn’t have to but you did. I think maybe in just the smallest way, you influenced me. You made me believe that there’s lots of good people in this world that are nice just because they can be. You were real with me and that's all I can really ask for. We were never in the same friend group or got together on the weekends but you were still a good friend to me. You saw me grow up before your eyes and watched me walk into class late with Starbucks every day. I think people like you don’t get enough credit because I might not talk to you after high school but you are still so important to me. So thanks.

With that said, I truly hope that our paths cross one day in the future. You can tell me about how your brothers doing or how you regret the college you picked. Or maybe one day I’ll see you in the grocery store with a ring on your finger and I’ll be so happy you finally got what you deserved so many guys ago.

And if we ever do cross paths, I sincerely hope you became everything you wanted to be. I hope you traveled to Italy, got your dream job and found the love of your life. I hope you have beautiful children and a fluffy dog named Charlie. I hope you found success in love before wealth and I hope you depended on yourself for happiness before anything else. I hope you visited your mom in college and I hope you hugged your little sister every chance you got. She’s in high school now and you always tell her how that was the time of your life. I sincerely hope, every great quality I saw in you, was imprinted on the world.

And hey, maybe I’ll see you at the reunion and maybe just maybe you’ll remember my face. If so, I’d like to catch up, coffee?



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Yes, I'm A Feminist, No I Don't Hate All Men

Because if we want to promote equality, why fight that with mass hating a particular gender?


I'd like to consider myself a feminist.

I am all for equal opportunity, equal pay, and equal rights. I believe that women should be granted the equal opportunities that males do, be free of harassment, not be scared to exist literally just because of their gender, have reproductive rights, be taken seriously when we think something is medically wrong with us, and be treated with the same respect and dignity as men do. Just because I believe all these things, however, doesn't mean I automatically hate men.

I've seen a big increase in trends that, just for men existing, people will post about how "men ain't shit," or how men ultimately suck just because of their gender. When reflecting upon this, however, I've come to realize isn't this a step in the wrong direction?

Obviously, I can't continue on until I say this: there is, in fact, times where men can really suck. White men in positions of power abusing that, men who are rapists, men who meddle in women's reproductive rights, abusers, men who think it's okay and even funny to harass others, etc. But it all comes down to this: just because you're a man doesn't mean I automatically hate you, and I don't think others should.

Sure, as mentioned above, there are garbage humans who abuse their positions of power as men in order to get what they want. THOSE are the people I hate, not others for existing just because they are men. When in reality, there are a lot of good men who recognize their positions of power and try and make up for it by advocating for those in need of advocacy, whether they are women or even minorities. There are men who are decent human beings, whether that is being nice to others, volunteering in their community, caring for those around them, or even men who are also feminists.

I think my argument has been made pretty clear: I do not and will not hate you just because you are a man. No one gets to choose whichever gender they are, so why should I hate a group of people for just being born male? If I want to promote equality as a feminist, why should I then believe that I am better because I am female? Why should I say I believe in equal treatment between genders, yet automatically hate you because you're a man?

So yes, some men truly, "ain't shit." I believe these men, however, are not good human beings. Men aren't terrible just because they are men, and I ultimately wish that those promoting total equality would realize that we cannot strive towards equal treatment, opportunities, and pay if we continue clumping one group together under the impression of, "they're men, they're terrible."


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