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The Beauty of Life

“Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on Earth,” - Muhammad Ali.

Kathryn lives by this quote.  Kathryn is a 16 year old who believes “that service should be done out of the goodness of your heart.”  She currently volunteers at a clinic at Cincinnati Children’s: Hopple Street Clinic.  At this clinic she plays with the children and assists them with different crafts and activities during their waiting process. 

She first was attracted to this organization because of her dream of becoming a nurse who works with children.  She would like to eventually have a job there in her future after she has finished school.  She states, “I would love to work with underprivileged children in the future since they inspire me and help me to keep life in perspective.”

Her love for children also attracted her to working in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.  Although there is no direct contact with these babies, Kathryn makes sure that each baby has the supplies they need.  She cleans cribs, organizes bottles and clothes, and welcome kits.  Her small tasks makes each family comfortable until their babies get a chance to go home.  Volunteering here also is one of her passions. It has inspired her to work towards becoming an NICU Nurse, an OBGYN, or any nurse that has constant contact with children.

Working with children is one of Kathryn’s passions and volunteering is a duty of hers.  While everybody else sees value in money and nice cars in clothes, she sees the value of community service and understands how much it can impact the world we live in.  She’s made the discovery of seeing beauty in the “ugly” parts of the society.  She believes that those less fortunate than her are the “most beautiful, intelligent in which [she] has ever met.”  After interacting with them she has been led to believe that they have “the most incredible outlook on life.”  Service brings her incredible feelings from doing the smallest tasks with strangers she never would have met if she didn’t enter into the ugly side of society.