The power of an individual is so much more than people usually believe. For example, we saw EV intern, Lauren Kam, raise $1000 for Sahaya International Inc. to build a house for a family in Vietnam. The money she raised will change a family's life and give them more memories and safety. She's an epitome of how age is just a number and how anyone can make a change. I also met an individual, who is my age (17 years old), who has created an organization that connects students locally in Toronto, Canada with mentors, depending on what the individual is interested in. This organization also gathers every month for workshops and other informational gatherings for students to attend and get knowledge from.
Sometimes living here allows us to become oblivious to what is happening around the world. There are many global issues that we not only have to acknowledge that exist, but also we must analyze them and find solutions because they can easily influence other things. One of the most debated items in the world is environmental issues. Different individuals have ecological, moral, aesthetic, and utilitarian arguments to solve environmental issues. I gained so much more interest in various topics through both East Villagers and activities during my summer. Through attending a conference on climate change, working at East Villagers, tutoring a five year old in Chinese, volunteering at the YMCA, and other activities, I learned about public service from very different sources. Public service has so many different means and I'm just beginning to exploring them.
Reading articles and learning about them teaches you so much. Awareness may seem as though it isn't important, but you have to know and understand a problem if you're going to do something. The next step is to be inspired to find solutions and take action. Right now, we're in the process of allowing others to be aware of not only global issues, but what East Villagers and Transparent Fish Fund, in particular, are doing. My perspective has been a lot more open and interested in various issues. I've not only grown to have a better understanding of others but I've grown accustomed to have a willigness to listen and learn about others. I still have so much to explore about public service in both finding ways to truely help. After all, no impact should be judged on if it is big or small because an impact is an impact.
Article by Alvina Zou