• Maria Belen

Service Hours: Duty or Choice?

Updated: Feb 19

At CSA, there are a lot of service clubs. Twenty-two to be exact. The school requires us to have up to 100 hours before we graduate. I guess it’s a way to teach us to Act with Integrity. I think it’s good that they make us go out and help others, though we may complain about it at some point.


What is not good is when you know you have zero hours and you go do them “Porque no te queda de otra”. A lot of people are subconsciously doing this, myself included. Sometimes I’m too lazy to wake up early and go somewhere. But, at the end of the day, it’s fulfilling to see the people you are helping out and the gratitude they have towards you.


When college applications roll around, it looks good when you have a lot of hours. But obviously, colleges don’t know if you dreaded all that you did. When colleges pick who to accept and who to decline, they are hoping to choose natural leaders and good people. Think about that the next time you go do your service hours.


So, what will you do? Will you fulfill your service hours out of duty, or can you find it within you to take a break from watching TikTok and go out and serve? Granted, with the pandemic everything gets a little complicated; but we can still get creative and find some form of service to do. Where there’s a will, there’s a way, they say.


CSA's service club initiative logo

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