by Josh Bannon
One requirement for graduation that is utilized in many schools, but is especially emphasized here, is service work.
Students are required to complete a set number of hours their freshmen, junior, and senior years.
Sophomores do not have a requirement because the sophomore class retreat is spent visiting care facilities for the homeless in Houston.
By the end of their four years, students will have completed a total of 95 hours of service work.
That is the same as spending almost four consecutive days performing service work non-stop and can really seem like a chore.
If that is how you feel about the work you are doing however, something is not right.
Service work should and can be something you enjoy doing. It can be both an humbling and revelatory experience that transforms boys into men.
Every person’s preferences are different but in my opinion, service work that has the most immediate and visible effect on an individual level is the most rewarding.
The best service project I ever took part in was the Spring Break Mission Trip offered by the school in 2011, my sophomore year.
I, along with a handful of others, travelled to Eagle Pass, El Paso in order to do repair work on the houses of natives who were forced to extremities such as removing and covering all electronics in their homes to protect them from the streams of water that leaked through their roofs.
Working right in the community, more specifically, right on the roofs of the people we were helping, the effect we had on them was clearly visible as their faces ran with tears of joy at the completion of our task.
Knowing that I had directly aided in effecting this change through hard labor and with my own hands was certainly an amazing feeling.
I can honestly say that service projects such as the Spring Break Mission Trip and the sophomore service retreat had a profound effect on me and changed my perspective on service work.
So do not think of the service requirements as a chore, or else they will become one.
If you maintain a positive attitude and let the effects of your honest work influence your life, service will become a privilege to perform rather than a requirement.