For many high school students, the end of the school year means the end of dreaded homework and exams. As much as we anticipate the fun under the sun, summer is one of the best times to accumulate volunteer hours needed to graduate. For my first summer as a high school student, I volunteered at the McMaster University Venture Camp for Science and Engineering as a Junior Counsellor. In this article, you’ll learn all about my experience during my month at the university and reasons why you should apply to become one too!
How’d you find out about it?
I found out about the program through friends at school who had been part of the Venture Camp for students in grades 1-8. They told me all about the exciting projects that they worked on and the fun they in the laboratory working with high school students (Junior counsellors) at the camp. I was curious about the position considering that I have a passion for science and hope to attend the university after high school. I looked into the position on the McMaster website where I found the application for the Junior Counsellor position. Although it was quite demanding, with requirements like reference letters, essays, and a copy of my report card, I took a chance and fortunately got accepted.
What was it like?
During my month at the camp, I gained many friendships and learned things that made for an unforgettable and enriched experience. One great thing I developed from being a Junior Counsellor is strong leadership skills. Having to work with younger kids meant having to overcome challenges and be patient, which is extremely helpful in any circumstance. I also learned a lot more about science through the Counsellors and had fun working in the laboratory with the students. There was never a dull moment and the activities were always fun and engaging for everyone. By the end of what seemed like a short month, I had already gotten 180 volunteer hours. It was a lot more than needed, but it’s important to keep in mind that volunteer hours can be used to apply for scholarships.
Why should I apply?
This is an excellent opportunity for all high school students who live close to the Hamilton region and I would highly encourage anyone to apply. Not only will you be able to complete your volunteer hours, you’ll also make long lasting memories. If you don’t get accepted into the position, I encourage you to find ways to become involved in things you're passionate about. The outcome will surely be rewarding.
Thanks for reading,
~Written by Ariana Walji