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Service work of any kind is a great way to step outside of your average self and put others first for a change If you look at it from an enthusiastic perspective of helping the needy instead of doing mandatory school service hours you will truly get the most out of the experience This is what I found while participating in service with Habitat for Humanity I joined at the end of my sophomore year knowing that I would need service hours for my junior year Working for only four dates would give me these required hours I thought this was the easiest way to get the requirement done without having to put too much effort in and still not just be standing around with nothing to do At the first meeting I learned the organization itself has been helping people around the world for a few decades now and its real purpose for serving the community This changed my perspective a little but I still just wanted to get the service off my back My first work date was during the summer going into junior year I was just a shy kid working with a group of guys I had never met and teachers I never had just trying to get through the day But after the 7 hour work period I didnt feel so out of place and had a sense that I actually did something to help others I came again a few months later and then a third in which I could finally converse with the others who just a few months earlier were complete strangers By this time I wasnt even concerned about my service requirement I kept coming back because of the people and the fun I had while doing service work While other classmates were drudging through their service I was not concerned about mine at all By my fourth time I was completed with my service but
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