My American Creed - Kayla Williams

People have many different paths to their American Creed. This one is mine. Healthcare is how I show what myself as an American values.

By Kayla Williams from Elizabethtown Area High School in Pennsylvania

    I was always taught that caring for others and being the best we can be to people is what we should be doing. Treating others the way that you would want to be treated is how I show God’s love. I can do so by being a medical worker and helping others in their time of need. This is my American Creed.

    My family are christians born and raised. My parents grew up very differently from each other based on their lifestyle and wealth, and the one thing that was the same for them was their faith. They believed that they could show others God’s love, and that’s what I intend to do as well. In the documentary American Creed the story that I most related to was Tegan Griffith’s story because her story has to do with service and sacrifice. I see people in the medical field especially right now during the COVID 19 pandemic as sacrificing and serving people. COVID has affected all health care employees so much, and they’re putting their life on the line every single day to try to help their patients. Both my parents work in the healthcare field with my Mom working as a nurse and my Dad working as a sonographer. They’re out there with high risk people everyday, and that inspires me to sacrifice in my own ways as well.

    I want to make a difference in people’s lives and I feel like I could do that through working in the healthcare field. I’ve already taken a step to a healthcare environment. I work as a dining attendant in the health care center at Masonic Villages, so I am able to interact with all of the residents pretty daily. Our nation can benefit from my story because it might inspire others to take what they believe in and make it their full time job. What I can do right now is continue to be there for people around me who may be struggling, and I will keep pursuing the idea that my parents started. I can reach out to others, and try to spread joy. If I spread joy to someone, chances are that they will spread it to someone else.

Elizabethtown Area High School

11th Grade Government & Economics (Elizabethtown Area High School)

An end-of-semester project that challenges students to really think about what it means to be an "American"

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