On the 1st of March, we had a service learning day where we did a lot of activities and learned about service. Here is what learned and my takeaway: During the ice cream simulation, I noticed that the group that had most people had the least amount of land and also started with the the smallest amount of money. This game challenged us to think about how we could help others and not just ourselves. For example, the groups that had less land and fewer people, hired people from other groups to help them build their ideal community. This is a kind of service towards others in your community.
In the empathy and sympathy activity, we learned about the difference between the two. Sympathy is a comment that highlights what you do have, while empathy puts yourself into someone’s shoes. We got in groups of three, and practiced scenarios where each person gave one sympathetic and one empathetic comment to a person who might be sad for whatsoever reason.
I enjoyed the how to start a change activity because we learned to take risks. If you are interested in changing something about the world, you should start with a tiny little thing. I watched a person dancing around in front of many others. At first he was a lone nut, but then a second person joined him. The most important person in a change is the second person, because he transforms the loner to a group of change.
After that we did some research for a topic that we were interested in. I picked girls education. I found a lot of cool facts about this. Most of the facts that I found were from girls in Fiji or in Nepal. I made a poster and one thing at I want to do to help girls go to school, is to clean out my room, and donate all the school supplies that I don’t use any more. There are some donation boxes in school, so I can leave them there.
The last activity we did is a lollipop moment. A lollipop moment is a moment that you don’t realise, but helps someone. It’s a significant point in their life, and they will probably remember it for a long time. My friends shared a moment where I had helped them and it made me feel really good about myself.
My big takeaway from this day is to be brave and take risks. It is also to help out whenever I can because service doesn’t cost money.