Hillcrest Senior Believes In Community Service

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Though her class represented Norway
in Model UN, Hillcrest Senior Aprita Tashin
made sure to visit the desk of her family’s
homeland Bangladesh at the United Nations.

BY BOB HARRIS

Aprita Tashin is a senior at Hillcrest High School who is on a special ARISTA honor society committee that assists advisor Hanny Rashid.

She is in the Model United Nations class, which goes to the United Nations or New York University to compete with teams from other schools, representing countries at the UN on timely issues. Tashin’s team won a best delegate award in March for their work representing Norway for the Special Political and Decolonization Committee. While at the UN Conference, Tashin had a photo taken behind the Bangladesh name plate in honor of her family’s origins.

She made this speech during ARISTA Night at Hillcrest:

“I believe that giving back to the community is one of the most important things a person must do. Being successful in today’s world is essential to a lot of people, including myself. But I do believe that being successful comes with a great responsibility to provide for others. For me, community service began as a race for ‘hours.’ I started high school believing that it was going to be tedious work. But after spending some time at a rehab center inputting data and installing computer programs, I realized there had to be more to community service than just pressing buttons on a keyboard. The more I dedicated my time to community service, the more giving back became a part of me.

“The summer after I finished my freshman year of high school, I applied to volunteer at Margaret Tietz Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. I committed 210 hours to the center doing clerical work, managing meal services for the patients and conducting activities for them to participate in. The next summer, I volunteered 100 hours at a local tutoring center, assisting students from grade one to eight with their homework. This past summer I got the opportunity to volunteer at the New York Presbyterian-Columbia University Medical Center. I successfully completed 120 hours of volunteering, doing clerical work for the administrators and helping nurses feed patients and aid them with transporting patients throughout the building

“To me, community service is not just using up time, but feeling, and learning life lessons. There is something so different, so unique that comes with giving back to one’s community. I know that community service has transformed me into a more open-minded and compassionate person with a bigger heart and a willingness to sacrifice for others. I believe that being successful is something we all need to strive for, but we must remember to make our time here mean something and dedicate ourselves to showing the world the beauty of giving back.”

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