To Volunteer or not to volunteer
When I was in University, I got introduced to Volunteering. You see as an international student my background didn’t have any form of volunteering.
Therefore, I took it up with gusto and took up all kinds of activities from the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) jailathon in the city of Honolulu and then the student activities as well.
What I found out, is that volunteerism has a steeped culture within the American society. And also one was not doing it to get paid but rather for the altruism of helping someone else. So when this other volunteer gig came along I was confronted with altruism of being paid.
The gig was for medical research and they needed a certain type of person, age group and social background to which all fit me. Well I was to be paid after all the medical trials are done.
I grappled with the idea of being paid but when I spoke with the medical staff I was informed that it is customary that any Pharmaceutical company that does any drug trials does reimburse the volunteers. So there is nothing to be worried about and also you are going to help many people world over from the results of the drug trials.
And so I took part. I made many friends in the process and also learned a number of things about myself most especially discipline.
One is not supposed to eat or drink after a certain time.
One week were supposed to be in-house at the drug trial facility
On other times we had to be at the drug trial facility only on weekends (That meant bye-bye to dating and hanging out with friends).
Was it worth it? Yes, it was both financially and also finding out more of myself with what I can do and also not do.
To Volunteer or not to volunteer turned out to be the most rewarding moment in my university life.