Jacob Sabatino

How am I growing in my own awareness of my strengths and weaknesses?


There is a lot of change that a person goes through while they do community service, and that is their ability to recognize their strengths and weaknesses. Through the times i have volunteered i have been able to recognize some of these. Without discussing these, i will say that beginning to recognize this is a very powerful thing for a person because it allows them to grow and learn.


My ability to asses my weaknesses has grown to a new height. After spending time with children Muscular Dystrophy I have a new outlook on what it means to not be able to do.

What challenges have I been through?

I have faced a lot of challenges through the MDA summer camp. The work i did was very tough, because there was more to do than most things. this camp required me to be in charge with another persons well being for a whole week; which included making sure they got to each meal on time, and that they were always having fun and were comfortable. Each morning i would have to make sure they were up at the right time, showered, dresses, and on their way to eat. i also had to plan out the activities they wanted to do that day. Essentially i got to know what it was like to be a parent, and that experience really matures a person.

In what ways have I started new challenges?

starting the challenge occurred when i signed my name to join up for the camp. i started with fear, because i am very shy, which made me timid and nervous about going to meet new people. despite this, i started with my head held high and an open mind. There was a lot to handle, with the amount of new people i had to meet, but i was able to overcome this and do my best to be social.

In what ways have I developed new skills?

the summer camp has shown me a lot of things, and the biggest thing me and my new friends came up with on our last night there, as we(the counselors and i) talked about how the camp had changed us, was that that was real life. Those kids struggled more than we ever did, and they still were the happiest kids ever. this experience has developed my want to help others, and my ability to see past my own life and into the real world.

In what ways have I shown perseverance and commitment to my activities?


i have shown perseverance because no matter what the challenge i had to face during that time, i did not give up. there was a camper who had a very hard time making friends because he was loud, and very active, with a stand offish personality. through the week me and my fellow counselors did our best to make him feel welcome, and the last thing he told us before leaving was “i didnt want to be here, but now that i have, i am glad that i have made such great friends. thank you all”


Throughout this week served for the MDA, i had actively served for a multitude of children who, with md, could not do things themselves, and i, with great enthusiasm, worked to make their lives better in the time that i was able to.

In what ways have I worked collaboratively?

My cabin, Upper Ranch, grew to become a family. When help was needed, help was found. We worked together at any given moment to make the week as flawless as it could possibly be in the week. The kids were our lives, and we strove to do the best for them.

the camp would not have been the same if i had not had the greatest people to work with. The first thing that happened when assigned a cabin was us counselors took the time to get to know each other before the kids got there. that moment i knew these were good people, but i could never expect that i would have become such great friends with them, as we still talk and plan to go again to the next camp. Everyday was full of cooperation. the cabin would not have run properly if we did not have each other to rely upon. every day we would work together t keep things flowing, and it was an amazing experience.

In what ways have I been engaged in issues with global importance?

This foundation is of global importance. throughout the world there are many children with muscle conditions like the ones i met, and they have shorter lives. i was blessed to be able to make their lives the best it can be for that week. the happiness i witnessed in them was unparalleled.


MD is a global thing. This association fights with various muscle conditions, and i was glad to become part of such a huge network of people.

What are the ethical or moral implications of what I’m doing and learning?


the biggest think to learn from this experience was that those kids had to face real life. in my life i have no known their pain, which is a true pain, that i respect them for dealing with. these kids are the greatest, and have shown that in all the hard times in life, there can still be a light.


I’ve learned a lot from this work. When you work with those who truly cannot do, it makes you realize that there is no excuse for you. nothing is stopping us from doing, and we should appreciate what we have while we have it.

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