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MC Books & More Congratulates Our Kindle Contest Winners!

National Student Day is October 3, 2013(2)

National Student Day was held onThursday, October 3rd at MC Books & More and at colleges and universities nationwide!

It was a day to celebrate all that our students do for our community!  MC Books & More held a contest to help students promote the cause they believe in by sharing their story of volunteerism.  Below are the students who entered and won our contest.  The three students who receive the most "likes" on Facebook* won a Kindle.   Read their stories below.  Congrats!


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*This contest was in no way sponsored, endorsed, or administered by, or associated with, Facebook.

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Andrae Guila Roales - Rockville Campus

Being the president of the class was something new to me when in fact; I never had had an experience of being one. Back in the Philippines, I was given the chance to become the president of the class during my first year in college. It was a great challenge to me because college basically requires every second of your time on your academics yet you have to maximize it with your extra-curricular activities, with your friends, and with your family. I didn’t join any clubs or organizations because I knew, just by being the president of the class, half of my time was to be dedicated to my new career.

We went through a voting of course, but it later became voluntary because no one was willing to steal the spotlight from me. On my first semester, we were merged with Broadcast Journalism students because of the fact that we were the unlucky outnumbered Communication students. Moreover, we were informed by this merging of sections during our pre-requisite, non-credit course sessions held before the start of classes that fortunately, gave us five graduating student volunteers to help us speak up as early as our first year in the university, and an adviser that later on we discovered as one of the head faculties.

Certainly, it was easy and kind of intimidating, having two presidents acting in the class, because I wasn’t all that updated and apparently too lazy to attend meetings for announcements, but I knew I had to do my part for my fellow classmates. Although there was a competition between both parties, I had to let it sink in to me that I was the chosen one and that my classmates trusted me on this.

When my mother found out about my new title, she advised me to hand the obligation to others because as the semester pasts, events kept coming in and I was constantly going home late because the council required us to dedicate ourselves fully on our duty. Simple tasks like distributing PCF’s and advertising events made a bit of complication to the word simple because it wasn’t all that easy, especially when your classmates weren’t interested, but your council needs audiences or participants. Notably, the duty was basically centered on encouraging and informing your classmates on every event, plus being the connection to the professors. After all the stress, I promised myself not to take part on this council again. But the second semester came, and my classmates thought I did the best I could on our first semester as their president, although I was obviously not, because I was mostly absent on meetings and I wasn’t participating on events. Eventually they voted me again, and there was nothing I could do.

For instance, the Council organizes events and activities that apparently require funds. We sometimes postpone events because there were no participants and there weren’t enough funds. That’s the doubt in starting voluntary organizations or councils, the lack of resources and participants. But that didn’t stop us from pushing our events and making the best out of our creative juices for our fellow course mates. We had to do it not only for the reputation of the council and the students, but for making our course beyond comparison.

To tell the truth, being part of a voluntary program council was an extraordinary experience. Many would rather say; Participating in such is a waste of time for it is voluntary and many students show lack of interest on the events, but as for the volunteer leaders, it taught us many things far from our expectations. The experience taught us to be authoritative yet humble, to be punctual and organized, to be dedicated, and above all, disciplined. It wasn’t just about the traits of being a leader, but a voluntary leader. Indeed, getting involved teaches values that would last a lifetime, and at the same time, building connections with others through service. Hence, I firmly believe King George IV of Ireland highlighted, “The highest of distinctions is service to others.”


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Jana Asher  - Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus

About three years ago my daughter brought home a flyer from school with the title "Join Girl Scouts!" She asked me what Girl Scouts were, and I explained about the troops, patches, community service, and fun that Girl Scouts have. She then decided she was not only going to be a Girl Scout, she was going to be the best Girl Scout ever! In the end, the only way she was going to accomplish her goal was if I became a troop leader... Fast forward to now, and I am a leader of two troops - my daughter's, and another troop for teenagers that require financial assistance to participate. I also serve on the Inclusion Committee for our local council, and am the Service Unit Manager for Takoma Park and lower Silver Spring. As SUM, I oversee about fifty troops in the local area, making sure the troop leaders have what they need to be successful and organizing events and activities for the local girls.

Why have I gotten so involved? Girl Scouts is an amazing organization that is open to every girl, no matter what. Many of our girls require financial assistance to participate, and we never turn a girl away -- how many extra-curricular activities or organizations can say that? We also are open to all girls regardless of abilities or disabilities! Through our programs, girls discover their own leadership abilities and are encouraged to go for their goals. Yes, I spend an inordinate amount of time planning meetings, organizing field trips, and shepherding small girls in brown uniforms to various events -- but in the end, their smiles make everything worth it.

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Pratik Parmar - Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus

Volunteering doesn’t always have to be a tiresome, boring chore. In fact, you can have fun and volunteer at the same time. For me, Best Buddies is exactly that. Best Buddies is an organization that strives to create one-to-one friendships between people who have intellectual and developmental disabilities and those who do not. I had the privilege of joining this incredible organization and have been a part of it since 2009. True to its name, I met one of my best friends through this organization and we have participated in many activities together through Best Buddies.

Once I joined Best Buddies, I was paired with my buddy Mo. We hit it off almost immediately. We would hang out at each other’s houses, we watched movies together, and we played many games on the computer. My friendship with Mo was extremely valuable. I learned how to speak Japanese because of him, so I was able to overcome the language barrier while speaking with his parents. I also learned about the many obstacles that exist for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Most importantly, Mo serves as a source of inspiration for me. He did his best to overcome his hardships and would let nothing stop him. He dreams of becoming a software designer and is currently attending college in Las Vegas while working at the same time. Meeting him has been one of the most rewarding experiences, and together I feel that we created many positive changes in my school and raised awareness for what Best Buddies is all about.

One of the movements that I got to volunteer for was the R-Word campaign. It was a campaign to stop the use of the word “retarded”. This word is hurtful to those who have intellectual and developmental disabilities. Many people tried to debate with my friends and I about the effectiveness of banning a word. I was able to refute many arguments that people brought up and was able to better inform them about different reasons that the R-word should no longer be used. One such reason is that the word retarded carries negative and hurtful connotations with it. This issue is often overlooked, but by going out and campaigning, my friends and I were capable of drawing attention to our cause. Hopefully, many will consider how their language affects people with intellectual disabilities.

Being a part of Best Buddies has changed my life for the better. I got to meet my best friend and participate in many activities and events. Time truly flies when you’re having fun, and Best Buddies is no different. I enjoyed volunteering for all the events and spending time with all of our various members. We think of volunteering as an extra-curricular activity when it is one of the most humane and natural things we as humans can do. Helping others and not expecting anything in return- isn't that wonderful?

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