Finding Volunteer Opportunities

I started volunteering my Freshman year of high school. Since then, I have discovered multiple ways on how to find volunteer work. Here is how:

  • Newspaper
  • Guidance Office
  • Main Office
  • Bulletin Board in School
  • Emailing different organizations such as your local library, charities, etc.
  • Networking- asking friends, family and acquaintances if they know of any volunteering opportunities for you

I recommend every individual to volunteer because it helps with your social skills. Since I can remember, I have always been that quiet girl, but now I am that girl that volunteered to take a public speaking class at my high school. If it was not for volunteering, I do not know what kind of person I would be today.


I stopped trying.

My mother decided to sort through her closet today to make it more organized. In a stack of papers, she found my old elementary/middle school pictures and asked if I wanted to keep them. Of course, I said yes. When I was shifting through all of the packages, I saw my eighth grade photos and I began to feel awful. I did not feel awful in the same way as others who view photos from their younger years, but because I realized I stopped trying.  In eighth grade I worked out for ~1hr every other day, I wore nice clothes when I went to school, I did my hair and makeup and I spent time with my friends. Once I started high school everything changed. I began wearing sweatpants and a t-shirt every day to school, I stopped doing my hair and makeup, I stopped working out, I hardly spent time with friends and spent most of my time in a chair watching Netflix on my laptop. Looking back at these old photos of myself made me realize that things need to change. This is my last year of high school and I want to start doing things differently. I want to start looking presentable when I go to school. I want to get off Netflix and hang with my friends. I really want to grow up.

How to Get an Advanced Diploma

When I was in eighth grade, I was asked if I wanted the Regents Diploma or the Advanced Regents Diploma. Me being me, of course I said I wanted the Advanced Regents Diploma. This post is for students in NYS who want to know the secrets behind getting an advanced diploma. First, you should note that the only real difference between the two Diplomas is what classes the student takes. Here are the differences between the two diplomas (well, at least at my school):

Regents Diploma

  • Only take Algebra 1, Algebra 2 and math 3
  • Only need to take 1 science class with a regents for ex. biology or earth science
  • Only need to take 1 foreign language class

Advanced Regents Diploma

  • Need to take geometry and common core advanced algebra
  • Need to take 2 science classes that have the science regents
  • Need to take 3 foreign language classes

In order to get either regents, you need to complete 30 volunteer hours and receive 22.5 credits.