Awards-4teens September 2021

Monthly Awards-4Teens Honoree #6|October 3, 2021| By: Olatoni Akinbamowo

Before the giants in mathematics, science, technology, and language arts were great, they were adolescents. Being an Am4teens volunteer means being afforded the opportunity of meeting and knowing these people before the world does.

Trissy, an Awards-4Teens honoree for the month of September, seems to be on the path to becoming a giant somewhere, sometime soon. Her candor is refreshing, and her introspectiveness is respectable. Trissy is part of today’s youth and tomorrow’s leaders.

What are some of your hobbies, talents, and interests?

Trissy: I’m interested in the sciences. I do a lot of piano as a hobby, and I also like digital art.

How do you believe your friends would describe you?

Trissy: Most of them have said that I’m considerate and kind, some of them have even said that I’m precious.

What do you do outside of volunteering?

Trissy: I enjoy being with friends and doing my hobbies in my leisure time.

Where do you see yourself in five to ten years?

Trissy: Pursuing post-secondary education, preferably at a university.

What do you want to do in the future?

Trissy: I am interested in anything related to the sciences, law, and the art industry.

What drives you to volunteer?

Trissy: People close to me. I think about my own community and about how I want to contribute something during my time here.

If you could describe volunteering in one word, what would it be?

Trissy: Exciting. I love being introduced to a lot of opportunities to meet new people and do new things. I’m mildly extroverted, and I feel more open to more things now.

How do you continuously remain motivated to volunteer?

Trissy: I think that choosing the things you like to do most and knowing your impact on them is important.

What is a volunteer experience that you believe you will remember for the rest of your life?

Trissy: My first research project, the marine biology research project. I met a really cool marine biologist and really enjoyed working with the team.

How has volunteering changed your view of the world?

Trissy: It has opened my worldview, I didn’t know that there are so many people out there who are working to make the world a better place. It’s opened my eyes to a wider population.

Has volunteering allowed you to strengthen specific skills, if so what are they, and how?

Trissy: I think that any and all skills can be improved. With volunteering, I feel more motivated and my time management is better. I think that’s mostly because of the Am4teens code of conduct, and knowing that my activities actually have an impact wakes me up.

If volunteering was a chapter in your memoir what would be the title?

Trissy: Trissy’s Experience of the Outer World. Volunteering has opened a new lane that has allowed me to meet new people who aren't even in my country, it’s very cool.

If you could give advice to your younger self what would you say?

Trissy: Try your best doesn't always mean overly exhausting yourself. Keep an open mind and look for opportunities.

What advice would you give to a person new to a volunteering experience?

Trissy: Be open-minded, even if you're not initially sure about something you can try it out and join it, and you may end up enjoying the experience.

What challenges have you faced in your volunteering experience?

Trissy: So far, balancing it with my school and life. I was taking a summer course and had to balance it with a project, and it was difficult!

What was your favorite volunteer experience and why?

Trissy: The Marine Biology Research project because I got to meet really cool research biologists and do inter-research work, as well as talk to like-minded people who are interested in the sciences.

How do you manage your social life and volunteering?

Trissy: Time management is key. Making sure that I’m responsible for my volunteer work while also doing things like talking to friends on social media helps.

What volunteer causes do you continuously prioritize?

Trissy: Discrimination. Where I live people feel very safe, and I feel that it’s unfortunate that in other areas, people are discriminated against based on race, gender, or sexual orientation.

What experiences do you see yourself volunteering in in the future?

Trissy: Any projects related to self-driven research, the sciences, and programming once I become more apt in it.

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