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WZM Award



WZM Award presented to Nicole Acevedo - Garfield High School










In our society, especially in America, we don't like to show compassion to others. We're bitter and egotistical specifically towards those who weren't born here. Majority considers themselves superior to immigrants but that has to do mostly with our history. However not everyone is likethat. You'll see that every once in a while there's someone kind enough to help out another in need of assistance or guidance. That's what compassion means to me. Helping others when they need advice or support and not expecting anything in return, just making sure others are doing alright. For example, if you ask someone how they're doing and they reply with "Not so good", just hearing them out could make them feel better and it didn't cost you a thing. In my opinion, society now needs a lot more compassion than ever, especially during the pandemic. So many families lost their loved ones and multiple people got severely sick and might have felt like they had no future. I had to witness my grandma get worse and worse every day once she was diagnosed with covid and since my mom went to take care of her everyday, she got covid and in result gave it to me. At one point everyone on my mom's side of the family got covid and we were quarantined but since everyone got it at different times, there were times where it was just one person in the house. That was my experience. I felt so incredibly alone because I wasn't able to see my sister or mom or grandma but I was also worried 24/7. I thought that during that time, my grandma might pass away and I wouldn't be able to say my goodbyes beforehand. That was the moment I needed compassion the most, just for someone to check in and make sure I was okay. Or for someone to stop by and leave me snacks and medicine. All I wanted was for someone to ask how I was doing and if I needed anything. That was one of the moments where I learned what compassion means and how rare it is for someone to show it. After those 3 or so weeks of quarantine, I decided that whenever I could help someone I would. I first started showing compassion with my mom, with her being a single mother I tried to be there for her whenever she needed me to be. Then during the pandemic, I went to my dad's work to do my online school. There were younger students there that needed help with school and zoom. That's when I stepped in since I had experience so I served as sort of a counselor for them. Anything they needed from me, I would try to do my best to aid them and to me, that's what compassion is.











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