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Subject Succesful Dartmouth Applicant In life it is very important to help and teach others in any way possible During my past four years in high school I have used my talents and abilities in order to help benefit others and improve my community Since childhood I have always been very creative and artistic in all of my endeavors -- both academic and extra-curricular In addition I have always been a very enthusiastic student and have had a strong interest and desire to help teach other people As I have grown older and more mature I have begun to realize the value and significance of helping others and contributing to my surrounding community Furthermore I have recognized that the best way to help others is by doing something that I personally have an interest and strong ability in By involving myself in worthwhile volunteer and community activities I can further develop my interests and talents while serving others One of my most unique volunteer activities was painting murals on the classroom walls of a local elementary school The South Plainfield Riley School summer painting project took place during the summer of 94 and was a wonderful experience for all who participated Originally I was offered a position to paint in the school as a summer job in which I would be paid on an hourly basis by the South Plainfield Board of Education Due to prior misunderstandings and miscommunication on behalf of administrators I was then informed that I could no longer be paid to take part in the painting project Unable to fid summer employment I decided to volunteer my artistic abilities and help paint in the school anyway I had my heart set on painting all summer and I decided that was more important than simply making money That project was one of the best things I have ever done Sometimes I spent ten hours a day at the school standing on
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