Being Indian, when I was growing up, my family and I took many trips to Mumbai, India. My mom grew up in Mumbai and we would travel there every three to four years so that she could visit her family. At some point during every trip, my mom would take me through the slums of Mumbai so that I could see how fortunate I was compared to the many impoverished families and children in India. After seeing the living conditions of these families, and the joy that these children got from the smallest displays of gratitude that we showed them, I realized that I wanted to make it a personal mission of mine to help underprivileged children. Since I did not live in Mumbai, I decided that I wanted to make a difference in my local community in the suburbs of Philadelphia. In middle school and high school, I spent a lot of time volunteering at the Variety Club, a summer camp for disabled children. I would spend time with these kids by talking with them, and playing sports with them over the summer. To see the smile on these children’s faces was extremely heartwarming, and is a feeling that I will never forget. However, after entering college, I realized I haven’t been able to make the same impact that I had once been able to make in my local community. One of the major reasons I chose to take this class was because I realized that it would force me to incorporate time to make an impact even with a busy schedule. The reason I chose Boys & Girls Club for the 10-10-10 project was because I remembered the way I felt seeing the impoverished children in India, and remembered the feeling of making an impact in a child's life at the Variety Club. After living at Temple University for three and a half years, and seeing the opportunities given to children within Temple’s local community, I wanted to do something that could impact at least one child’s life. Because of this, I am excited to be helping the Boys & Girls Club of Philadelphia by raising money for the organization, and volunteering at the club to interact with children in the community. Every child deserves a fair and equal opportunity to succeed, and I am glad to play my role in positively impacting a child’s life.
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