Thursday, December 5, 2013

Volunteer Work

For the past two semesters, I've been volunteering at a local college to work with ESL students, helping them with their English skills.  Some of the students who came in were actually my students, although I did not give them extra credit for showing up.  It's been fun as I got to chat and know more about the people who were newcomers to the US.  It was a commitment of two hours every week.  There were times when I had to work around my schedule to make sure I didn't miss a single session.  One time I was even asked by a staff member if I could switch with someone because he couldn't come in due to a medical procedure.

Although my contribution has been quite productive in being part of the community, I think it's time that I move on to better things.  This will probably be my last semester volunteering in the lab.  I have once met Jerry, one of the volunteers.  Jack, I've talked to quite often.  He is a retired teacher/principal and recently moved to OC several years ago.  He is 81 years old this year, and according to him, he had perfect health, which is very nice.
“The race is long and, in the end, it’s only with yourself.”