April 24th, 2013

Extra, Extra!

Like countless others my age, I become bored easily, and believe me, attending the same seven classes every day becomes boring. To alleviate some of this treacherous boredom, I chose to get involved with a few extracurricular activities—some that would enrich my life and the lives of others. I am a proud member of the National Honor Society, the National Beta Club, Game Changers—a newly founded mentoring program at Westlake—and Healthcare Occupations Students of America, better known as HOSA. These activities contain similarities, but they do not fail to improve me in different ways.

I greatly enjoy serving others so I joined the National Beta Club; some time later, I was invited to join the National Honor Society, an organization that recognizes high school students who demonstrate academic excellence. Upon induction into NHS, I was elected junior president, a job that requires me to handle the affairs of all juniors involved with the organization. I participate in service projects inside and outside of school, such as food and clothing drives and Westlake Beautification Day, a day when students beautify the school by cleaning the building, planting flowers, etc. Serving my community through these organizations is always a treat because it allows me to enhance my environment.

This year, the seniors at my high school sought to improve Westlake’s atmosphere and strengthen the bond between the freshmen students and upperclassmen. With the help of our principal, Dr. Grant Rivera, Game Changers was born. Through this program, studious juniors and seniors are paired with at-risk freshmen, and they are open to tutor, mentor, or just spend time with them. Luckily, my mentee and I have formed a close relationship in a short time; we discuss our goals and how we’re doing in school. This extracurricular is one of my favorites because it gives me the incredible opportunity to change another person’s life; I have the power to inspire someone to pursue their dreams. Being involved in extracurricular activities has shown me the importance of giving back and how beneficial it is to be a well-rounded individual.