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Reasons why you should participate more in your community

Nada Awadalla, Editor

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 The Crowd roars and the Marching Band plays on, your heart fills with appreciation for the perfect night and the perfect win……but wait, there’s one thing missing: You didn’t show up!

 

     Developing and maintaining participation in your school and community not only aids in making your environment a better place, but it can also help you to find out more about yourself in the nonsense world of adolescence. It is hard for one to fully understand themselves and who they want to become during such a critical time period, however surrounding yourself with different people from all sorts of backgrounds can help you discover your interests, values, and goals.    

 

      Take for instance, research conducted by Jane P. Preston at the University of Prince Edward Island. She was able to uncover that community involvement amplified the social, cognitive, emotional, and spiritual development of students. It also acted to reduce negative and violent student behavior drastically. And if having less school fights isn’t reason enough, here are three more reasons why you should take part in your community.        

 

It Helps you connect with others

   By participating in different activities that fit your interests, you will more than likely meet with other individuals who share your passions and goals. Likewise, you will meet with individuals that don’t necessarily agree with you, forcing you to gain a greater perspective of every situation.

 

It Feels Good

    Humans are social beings. We like to talk and listen to others, and by being active within the community you will keep your brain satisfied and away from many mental illnesses such as anxiety and depression. Also, by helping others you will gain a sense of confidence and pride that will make you unstoppable in all aspects of your life. It may sound cliche, but you just have to try it for yourself.

 

Gain essential experience and skills

    Whether you take up an internship opportunity in your church, or volunteer at the local hospital, you develop and improve upon many skills, such as communication, multitasking, and the ability to work under pressure. You can even learn a new trade that can help you get an actual job later on.

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