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Pay it forward – how can you do your bit as a student

By Sep 10, 2019 No Comments

Heard of the #payitforward movement? We’re sure you have! Paying it forward is all about giving, without expecting anything in return.

You may be wondering what you can do as a student – after all, money’s tight and you don’t have that much to give! The beauty of #payitforward is that what you give doesn’t need to have material value. You can give your time, your skills, your knowledge… yourself, and still make a huge difference to someone’s life!

Here are some #payitforward ideas for students:

Help a struggling student

Are you top of the class for one of your subjects? You can pay it forward by offering to tutor a struggling classmate. Help them study for an upcoming test, offer to proof their latest assignment or help them understand the concepts of the last course module. Set up a time where you can pass on your skills and knowledge – for free.

Buy a coffee for a stranger

This is a great one if you have a few Rand to spare. Next time you grab a takeaway coffee, pay for an extra cup. Tell the waitress to give a free coffee to the next person who orders. This random act of kindness is a simple way to brighten a stranger’s day!

Offer your skills to charity

As a student, donating to charity may be a bit of a stretch. But you can donate your skills and knowledge. Many charities can’t afford to hire professional full-time help for things like marketing, bookkeeping and business planning. If you have any skills that you’ve gained from your studies, that you believe a local charity will benefit from, offer your services for a couple of days.

Volunteer for charity

Maybe your knowledge isn’t what your local charities need… but you can still volunteer to help. Many charities desperately need help to do basic things like cleaning, tidying up or answering phones. A day spent at a children’s home or animal shelter can be so rewarding and give you renewed gratitude for all that you have.

A day of compliments

Here’s another simple idea that can have big consequences. Commit yourself to a day of giving a meaningful compliment to everyone you meet. You never know when someone may be feeling a bit down in the dumps. A genuine compliment such as “You have such a great sense of style!” Or “You’re good at this!” makes people feel appreciated and boosts their self-esteem.

Why should you pay it forward?

Doing good and helping others makes you feel more connected to the world. It makes you less selfish, more grateful, and can help you to overcome any negativity or feelings of low self-esteem and self-pity. When you look for ways to give, instead of always trying to find ways to get stuff for yourself, the positive change in attitude makes you a better person who is open to receiving blessings from unexpected sources. And just as you find you are happier, more positive and content, you can pay those blessing forward to make the world a better place!

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