Choosing a New Path: Exploring A Year-of-Service

Hello Xavier! With the coming of fall brings more than just red leaves and a cool breeze. For some of us seniors, senioritis is already in full swing. As the clock is ticking, we are moving forward and progressing towards the continued job hunt. As time moves on, the pressures will continue until we find that next step.

For some, though, the path isn’t a straight route from school to job. Some want to continue their education, pursuing graduate school. Others want a less traditional route, choosing instead to spend time giving their gifts and talents to those who need them, in the form of service programs. With the upcoming Graduate School and Year-of-Service Fair, there has never been a better time to ask yourself, “Where do I want to be in a year?”

To help make your decision, here are just a few of the Service Programs that will be attending the upcoming fair. If these spark your interest, be sure to check out the list of agencies on the website, and pick the ones that are best for you!

If you’re looking to explore the world, then look no further than the Peace Corps. It’s a branch of the government that places volunteers internationally, to help in areas like agriculture, community development, education, and more! Not only that, but let mom and dad know that there is no cost to you, and they can even help pay or cancel some student loans! The Peace Corps is a great option if you want to have an experience outside the U.S., letting you travel and explores new countries and continents, all while helping make the world a little better.

Another great program is Teach for America, where you’ll have the chance to make a difference in a child’s life. Here you’ll be placed in a low-income neighborhood; inspiring children and helping them reach their academic goals. The best part? You don’t even need to be an education major! Anyone with passion and an interest in helping others is encouraged to apply. The staff will teach you what you need to know, and you get paid a full salary and benefits consistent with the other teachers in your school. It’s a unique way to help children who truly need it.

My final spotlight is the Mercy Volunteer Corps. Their job is to promote social change within the United States and South America. This includes issues surrounding poverty and marginalization. The volunteers work in education and social services, all while living together and forming a strong community. This is a way to get close with new people, bringing different perspectives together to do something wonderful.

Good Luck Musketeers! Hopefully you’ll find the best path for you!

Redmond Millerick

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