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Outstanding Service Award

Outstanding Service Award

I joined the U.S.National Guard. I’m currently on active duty status which means monthly weekend duty, which provides some compensation once a month. In the National Guard, I received basic combat training, plus I learned valuable skills to gain experience to face life’s challenges and learn how to overcome them. I’ve earned a sense of pride, and I have a great sense of purpose. One of my latest accomplishments occurred last summer. During the summer of 2015, I was working alongside firefighters in Eastern Washington. Upon my return to Green River College, the Board of Trustees, at their Board Meeting gave me a standing ovation; afterwards I was interviewed by Kent’s local newspaper. When the reporter asked why I volunteered to spend my summer fighting fires, I told the reporter, “I was motivated to volunteer because I just wanted to help people when they need it most”.
While my primary focus is getting my education, because I’m a creative and open-minded person, I’m interested in getting to know more about other cultures and understanding the differences between people.
This focus has motivated me to become involved in community services and activities involving people of different nationalities. Just to list a few, I have joined these organizations/activities:
2012- Democratic Campaign – Speaking at rallies and gathering signatures.
LEAP- Latino/a Educational Achievement Project – Meeting with various state representatives at Washington State Capitol
President of BSU – Black Student Union – Attending leadership conferences to discuss academic achievements for students of color.
Attend Board of Trustees monthly- Listening and taking notes with the trustees
Co-President of Black Lives Matter Movement- Speaking at rallies and gathering signatures
Evergreen place Retirement Community – Provided basic office assistance. Visit with and would read to the senior residents.
Team Captain – Green River Track Team
Workers Washington- Rallying and petitioning to raise minimum wage for the whole state of Washington
As a side note: One of the senior residents so admired my determination to succeed at getting my education and realizing my current financial hardship, adopted me as her grandson and pays for my transportation to school by purchasing a bus pass each month to assist me with my educational endeavors. Otherwise, my financial needs and my ability to contribute to my education is based on receiving grant funding and monies earned with the National Guard.
Also, I’m recently found part-time employment after school using public transportation. My job title is Student Support for the Disabled. My job is located on the Green River College Campus, and I use public transportation to get to working with visually and hearing impaired individuals. I assist the instructor by interacting with students and make written assessments of our interactions. I enjoy working with the visually and hearing impaired. I believe that my life is enriched by serving others. By helping others, it not only makes a difference in their lives, but by touching their lives I feel rewarded with self-satisfaction and as you can see, life changing experiences.

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