We’ve all been there: you’re filling out an application for a scholarship, internship, job, whatever, and you’ve done pretty well with your name, address, hobbies, past work experience and even credible references. But then there’s the dreaded category that often sparks ambiguity or exaggeration. The category asking for volunteer experiences.
While most of us struggle with this looming element of the tedious application process, Louisville, Ky. junior Alanna Baugher embraces it, tackles it, conquers it, even dominates it. Alanna, who grew up Catholic, told me she has been doing service work since she was a young child. Because she attended private Catholic schools, service work was a requirement. But Alanna says as she got older, it became a part of her.
Alanna has spent a great deal of her college career so far participating in volunteer work. She has been particularly involved in Habitat for Humanity, and last year, she taught English as a Second Language classes, sacrificing some much-desired sleep at the end of another busy day.
These days, the waves of work involved with helping her fellow man have continued to wash over Alanna. She now volunteers and interns during the week at the ALIVE Center in Bowling Green, Ky. On weekends, she hunts for other service opportunities despite impending deadlines for schoolwork. That’s right, she still takes 15 hours at Western Kentucky University. Getting in bed by 3:00 a.m. is ordinary. It gives her just enough time for some shut eye before her day begins again at 8:00 a.m.
Like sands through the hourglass, these are the days of her life.