Why is it so important to engage in community service? Believe it or not, it provides many benefits to you as well as the community you are serving. So I decided to share 5 reasons why I think community service is of benefit.
- You develop a richer perspective of the world you live in. Volunteering your time to do something that is not for yourself allows you the opportunity to take responsibility as a principled citizen in a global community.
- You get to see first-hand how much your work can make an impact to those around you, and it’s invigorating to see! Everyone wishes they can hit a refresh button at times. Volunteering gives you a chance to take your mind off of the difficult things and remember your value!
- You get the opportunity to interact with people of diverse backgrounds all while learning patience and empathy—skills that will serve you well if you choose to pursue a career in medicine.
- You get to make the connection between what you’ve learned to real-life application whether that’s recycling, building a home, or treating a patient.
- You learn how to work in a team. Being a team player sets you up for success as a future leader.
Bonus: It boosts your resume whether you’re applying to medical school, residency, a leadership position, or even an actual job!
“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” – Gandhi