A Different Summer Experience
by A. F., Stamford, CT
One day I was really bored and could find absolutely nothing interesting to do. I paced around the house for a while until I decided finally to sit down and read the newspaper. There was a section on the community which had a list of volunteer activities ranging from helping in soup kitchens to helping as an electrician.
Why not? I thought. So I glanced at the article and found that it might be interesting to do something and make a difference to someone this summer rather than get a job to benefit only me. I called a number and decided that I wanted to spend my time doing the grocery shopping for an elderly handicapped woman who has since become a good friend. I also decided to do Harbor Watch where I tested the water of Long Island Sound for pollutants.
Finally I was spending my time having fun while making a difference in people's lives. It may not pay in dollars, but the experiences and gratification I gained are infinitely more valuable to me than any amount of money I could have earned.
This piece has been published in Teen Ink’s monthly print magazine.