Celebrating Earth Day

As Earth Day arrives, I’m reminded of a riverside clean-up I participated in when I was a member of my high school’s Environmental Club. With a group of thirteen others, I spent two hours walking along the water’s edge picking up garbage. I was astonished by how much of it there was and disappointed at…

So You Want to Take a Gap Year

“You need to go to college.” This phrase has become a mantra of sorts to teens and young adults everywhere. Without college, you won’t succeed or find a job. Without college, you won’t be prepared to make it on your own. Jumping right into college after high school, however, isn’t the only choice. Many students…

Season of Giving

Sometimes when I volunteer or give back to my community, I am struck with the possibility that what I’m doing is somewhat selfish. This sounds very odd I’m sure, considering the very definition of volunteering or donating requires selflessness. But I sometimes find it a little selfish simply because of how good it makes me…