LENDING A HAND HEALS MY HEART
I have been needing a lot of help almost all my life and it created an understanding of the feeling of need in me such that I think I sense it within when I see someone who needs help. I learned to offer any small assistance at an early age after feeling an extreme need for help myself. Funny how I was told that, as a toddler I did not want to share anything not even the parents I came to share with older siblings! They could not wait to share everything with me but when I arrived, I wanted my parents, teachers and favorite people to myself. It wasn’t long before life taught me in my teenage years that, I was on this earth with a mission to make a difference by giving my whole life to LENDING A HAND to others.
Proudly, there are a lot of things that I have done for people and I think they are all important because I know how every little help counts. However, the most significant was a helping hand I offered to a young girl. She had completed high school with distinction but lacked the support to continue to college. She stayed at home for almost three years until I found out that she was beginning to give up on life. I reached out and talked to her. I got friends from back home who had completed college and got jobs to reach out to her and they contributed as a group to buy her admission forms and I wrote to heads of institutions. Until a few responded. She got into one of Ghana’s top Universities this fall, and she is reading mechanical engineering. Another friend I contacted worked tirelessly to put her on a scholarship that pays for everything. I sung and danced the day she texted me about her first day in university.
Why am I so proud of her and the fact that I was part of an important turn over in her life?. She would have fallen into the trap of suicidal thoughts as I can relate to that. My country would have lost one of the most intelligent women to poverty and lack of encouragement. Now I can just keep my fingers crossed in anticipation for the better tomorrow that I am hoping for. Sometimes I can be in need myself but it feels better to lend a hand even if it means giving everything. To help to make a difference, it starts with bold steps.
I am where I am because of my hard work, perseverance and most importantly the generosity of people. People have played a key role in my success and for that reason the best gift to give them back is to put a smile on other people’s faces. I consider myself a success to this point but my success will only be full (successful) if I create a success in another person’s life. Though I cannot count on the instances I have helped people of my age or even older in one way of other, helping students with their college applications and mentoring has been so far. One of the student that I have helped with their applications is now studying in the US. Providing that opportunity for people to advance their goals is key to me.
I do not have to wait to finish my schooling and get a job for me to start helping people. While I am on the wait, I delay the other person’s time in achieving their dreams. I always yearn to help people in the areas that I can. For applications, I did not have anyone that helped me in editing my application essays or to closely guide through TOEFL examination revisions. Maybe if I did, the process could have been much easier. This is why I thrive to help students with their essay writing and also giving some insights into examination preparation techniques.
In the near future I look forward to being a mentor in the areas of career and development among the youth in my community. I hope to start a program that will offer education and career advice for the youths. As a student from Kenya, such resources are not available especially when you are from the rural areas.