A window inside life at Augustana College

Eye Opener

Hello everyone!

I apologize for not writing sooner, but I have been extremely busy and you will soon realize everything I am trying to juggle.

When I left for school everyone said to me I would have the best time. “College is the best four years of your life.” I am going to be honest, I greatly doubted this. I really doubted it after my first few weeks here and was extremely overwhelmed. I was trying to adjust to classes and find friends. I also joined about a million different clubs and activities. I couldn’t choose just a couple, there were so many I liked!

It was just recently that I have finally realized what everyone has said to me. I am finally becoming who I always dreamed about. I am involved, doing well in school, and balancing everything. I am currently involved in Emerge, Concert Band, taking Clarinet lessons, Investors Club, Business Club, Clogustana, and APO. I know it seems very overwhelming, but this is natural for me. If I could, I would be involved in more. It is through all of these different clubs and activities that I am finally finding out who I am. I am figuring out my strengths and weaknesses and what really makes me happy.

Now that you have a little background on everything I am doing here, I am going to tell you about a life changing experience that I had while working on one of my numerous activities. It was Saturday September 24th and my Emerge group had to do a group service project. We had been putting it off, and we were finally able to find a place that wanted us to volunteer. It is a food bank called King’s Harvest. We loaded up the cars at 8 am and were headed off. We got there, and there were already around 50 people lined up outside of the building. We were shocked, it finally starting to set in what were about to do. We walked in and were greeted by numerous friendly faces. We were assigned positions, of which I got pass out chicken patties. I spoke to a woman who was a volunteer and I asked her numerous questions. I asked her what the greatest number of people they had served, and she said 304, before seconds. I was appalled. When you are raised with a full family, and food on the table at every meal, you have no idea what is going on in the world around you. We served 284 people on Saturday. When it was all over, I couldn’t help but be thankful for everything I have. I also realized there is so much we could be doing to help others. We could be the change. We CAN change the world if we just try. If you get absolutely nothing out of reading this, if you could just remember to take 30 seconds out of your day and think about how lucky you are, and about everything you could be doing to help other, you could really make a difference.

I leave you with a song that I have recently discovered and I think it is a perfect way to end this post. It is called Do Something by Steve Means.

05 Do Something

Signing off,

♥ Hannah

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