I have volunteered twice since my last blog, and during both sessions I was assigned to cleaning different parts of the Hope Lodge and to making welcome signs for the guests. Before this week, I had never really thought about what it takes to truly help out a cancer patient, for I thought that the Hope Lodge just allowed patients to save money by not staying in a hotel. But the Lodge is much more than that, as the workers go out of their way to constantly keep the entire lodge sanitized for the guests; this small gesture is just one example of the extraordinary level of dedication that the workers have to keeping their guests comfortable and safe. Another small but wonderful gesture is the welcome card that everyone receives in their room upon check-in. These cards all include an inspirational saying and are made from pretty scrapbooking material. As I was making some of these cards today, I started to think of ways to apply what I did over the past week to my academic life. What I came up with is that I need to start paying closer attention to the details of what I do, as this is the part that really makes a facility (or paper in my case) stand out. It is the small details that allow someone to really demonstrate all of the thought and perfecting that has gone into an idea, and through trying to master these details, I would definitely become a better student. Applying this thought to school will hopefully lead me to taking all parts of an assignment seriously, and not just the major components or ideas.
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