Hello! I am Emily Kang, a senior at Roosevelt High School. I like to go out with my friends to eat good food and jog occasionally. My hobby also includes playing the piano, watching movies, and goofing around with my dog.
I will be studying the major Medicine Sciences and the Humanities at Johns Hopkins University next year. I am thrilled to share my volunteer stories as I wrote my college application essay about the collaborative experience and valuable lessons I gained through volunteering for Ohana 100.
At my first volunteer session at the Family Reading Night, little did I know about Ohana 100, I thought that I was not confident nor talented enough to naturally let myself loose when reading to children. Though I enjoyed the time spent with the happy and cute youngsters, I did not have much thought of continuing this journey. However, Rose, a fellow veteran volunteer's words lingered in my mind for a while. "Volunteers gain pride in seeing the children grow up as they read to them."
This was when I thought it would be perfect to bring Ohana 100 to my school. I could share this opportunity with my friends who have both the aptitude and attitude fit for Ohana 100. Through the unique experience of reading to children, the students at Roosevelt High School gained valuable skills: not only leadership, communication skill, and responsibility, but also a boost in self-confidence. High school students with a reserved personality became more expressive by storing self-confidence from the moral support the young children gave. We also emotionally matured by developing patience through the teaching experience. Because Ohana 100 is a meaningful service that benefits both the community in need of help and the high school students that serves, I had decided to make Ohana 100 into this school year's JROTC Battalion Service Learning Project. Our service learning report was successfully presented to the JROTC headquarters and had received many positive comments!
I enjoy reading to children because of the radiating positive energy that I get to be surrounded by. My favorite moment when reading is when the children give a huge thank-you and good-bye hug after reading. The expressive love we receive is insurmountable by any others. I had never had any contact with little children in my life up until my engagement in Ohana 100. If it wasn't this opportunity, I would have never realized that I absolutely love children. This, in turn, had shaped my aspirations of becoming a pediatrician in the future. I am very thankful for Ohana 100 for providing benefits to multiple corners of the community.
CONGRATULATIONS EMILY! WE ARE PROUD OF YOU AND WE WISH YOU THE BEST OF LUCK IN YOUR ACADEMIC AND CAREER ENDEAVORS! MAHALO FOR YOUR SERVICE WITH OHANA100!
Ohana100 recognizes youth volunteers for their ACTS OF KINDNESS. Volunteers who display leadership and service in their school and community will be recognized.