Learning to serve others in ways that they could not do for themselves is a virtue that all humans should possess. There are certain groups of people that have been through conditions in which they become dependent upon others. Social service is people coming together to serve others and reach out to a specific group of people with a broad range of needs. Given the large population of refugees in the Loyola area, I want to have a unique experience in social service by assisting these refugees and helping them adjust to an entirely new life.
I have had no actual experience with service towards a specific group; however I have volunteered in a hospital and served those that were sick. For the most part, I used to transport IV machines to and from the rooms with patients and other delivery jobs. At times I would get frustrated with the nurses if they confused me with what to do or my partners if they weren’t cooperative. At the same time however, I realized that I was helping out the other staff and giving them more opportunity to do more important jobs. By me delivering and bagging IV machines, I was helping the professional staff by freeing up their hands and time. I felt that my job was in fact important and therefore took pride in what I was doing. Even though I was never really shown much appreciation for what I did, I did not complain because I knew I was doing it for the greater good of those less fortunate. Over this past summer I also had the opportunity to help out at my church’s VBS. I helped run the children’s games and spent time making them more comfortable with the other kids and being there. I enjoyed what I was doing not only because it was entertaining running around with the kids but because I was helping build Christian foundation in these kids. Christianity is something that I was blessed to be born into and the single greatest thing to benefit my life. I knew the benefits of becoming a Christian at a young age and I was more than willing to instill the same beliefs in these young children. I feel that I served these kids in a way that will not only benefit themselves and give them a stronger future but also I helped out the community by giving these kids a better chance at becoming stronger, moral leaders in tomorrow’s society. Although these examples are weak in showing my interest in helping those with a need, I am willing to give up my time to help better these people and the situations that life gives them.
In joining this class, I am looking forward to a broad spectrum of service opportunities that I will get from serving the Iraqi family that I am assigned to. I want to learn and understand to a deeper level what it means to be a refugee. I want to get a hands on feel for what it would be like to live as a refugee after being exiled. I want to hear of stories from the actual person what it was like. In this class, I want to take full advantage of the opportunity given and make the best of it. I want to assist these families and feel the satisfaction of knowing that I helped take a load off of their backs. It will be very interesting becoming a part of these very different people’s lives and trying to understand a whole new culture. I feel that this is a once in a lifetime opportunity and I want to make the most of it. Also out of this experience, I want to better understand what it means to help people. I want to better learn how to put myself in other people’s shoes and imagine life through their eyes. I want to use this chance to learn how to be compassionate towards people that have it much harder than I’ve ever seen. Working with people that have to learn to completely transform their lives will be a great opportunity to serve others that really do need the help.
Even with my lack of service and experience with refugees, I want to take all that I do know and use it to serve this family that I have been assigned to. I hope that this experience will make me a better human by learning how to sympathize for others and be able to put myself in other people’s shoes. I am looking forward to a great experience with my family and hopefully we will both be able to benefit from this.