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Make a Christmas wish come true!
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Service is an essential part of student life at Seoul Foreign School. The school values a service-oriented student body.
The thought and love put into the gifts were evident. Few students went above and beyond expectations and took time to buy presents that their assigned person would like. Some of the gifts, however, were thoughtless. Gifts were half-wrapped, flimsy, and compilations of used household items that would be of little or no significance to the recipient. The act of buying and giving gifts may seem menial and trivial to us, but these small gestures mean the world to the recipients. The orphan girls and disabled males live in communal spaces and have little or no personal possessions. It is rare for them to receive gifts that were solely intended for them, which brings joy into their lives. The gifts sometimes stick with these people for their entire life. I personally delivered some of the gifts and observed the joy these gifts brought to them.
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“I’m busy” or “It was before midterms” is a hackneyed expression that I am used to hearing. It saddens me, however, to see that if this ought to be true, students are so self-centered and cannot afford the time to improve our community.
“Seoul Foreign School, centered in Christ, inspires a passion for learning, pursues academic and creative excellence and is dedicated to the service of others.” – Seoul Foreign School’s Mission Statement
Our school’s mission statement states that it strives to be a school that is “dedicated to the service of others.” Thus, our school does a very good job providing service opportunities to students. We have many service clubs at our school and many students are perhaps committed to too many of them. Perhaps the reason being is that many students have the perception that service clubs are the key to acceptance into prestigious universities.
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I find such a college-oriented mindset counterproductive to the service mentality students should have.
Thus, if you are doing service for the sole purpose of college applications, I urge you to reflect on the meaning of service. The service mentality comes with time. I do not expect the quality of the gifts to change after being reproached by a teacher. I do, however, believe that being reminded of the impact of our service can help students develop a service mentality.
Do not commit yourself to all service clubs. Instead, commit yourself to a few and strive for excellence in them. Do not just fundraise for your cause. Raising funds for an organization can be beneficial but try thinking out of the box. Know your cause, organization, and purpose. Meet the people you are serving. Growing a personal connection with the people you are serving stimulates your desire to do even more for them.
Seoul Foreign School
Jason Whang email@example.com
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