Giving truth to Memphis youth
By Monique Beals
White Station High School
The importance of service in the college admissions world is rapidly increasing. DoSomething.org surveyed admissions counselors from the top 50 colleges in the nation and found that community service is the fourth most important aspect of your college application behind your GPA, SAT or ACT score, and extracurricular activities.
But have no fear.
You do not have to go spend your summer in a third-world country to make yourself stand out from other applicants. In fact, the same survey strongly encourages consistent dedication to one cause throughout high school, rather than a one-time service trip or doing multiple different causes.
Ultimately, it is all about quality over quantity and a meaningful, sincere, in-depth commitment to a cause that you are passionate about.
So, what is your passion?
It’s perhaps a tough question for many students in the midst of the college application process. If you are having trouble finding your passion, your school is a place to start. Teenagers spend day in and day out in their schools. Why not try to make it a better place for all?
Getting involved in your school’s community service club is a way to serve while spending time with your friends. Nithya Vemula, a White Station 10th grader, sees the presence of the service club around school. “Service club not only gives students the opportunity to explore new things while helping our community, but also gives us an advantage on college applications,” she said.
Recently, White Station High School’s community service club completed a project that not only served White Station, but also other areas of Memphis.
Sree Boyella, president of White Station’s service club said, “Mayor A C Wharton Jr. sponsored an event called “Memphis Faith in Action Cleanup” where he wanted to ‘do whatever it takes to make our city a clean, safe, and beautiful place to live, work, and worship.’ He contacted White Station High School’s community service club and requested that we help him in his cause by cleaning three school zones, improving two senior citizen homes, and ensuring that ten streets were cleaned and liter free.”
Boyella and the rest of the service club jumped into action cleaning the campuses of Sherwood Elementary, Sherwood Middle, White Station Middle, and White Station High in addition to helping at Parkview Retirement Home and Signature Health Care.
What White Station’s service club is doing is just one example of the power of a school service club. Who knows? By joining your service club, you may just find your passion.