2018 Glammy Finalist Blog Series: Manilyn Samano, President

Today, our summer blog series features Manilyn Samano who was the President of the Wallington High School Chapter. She will be sharing with us GlamoursGals' significance to her and her community. She tells us how her grandma, who has Alzheimer's, has inspired her to serve other seniors in her community. She also elaborates on how her experience as a GlamourGal has motivated her to pursue a career that can further serve the elderly population. 

Why is GlamourGals important to you and your community? 

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GlamourGals is important to the community and me because it allows the younger generation to realize that we must not neglect those who made us who we are today. To further elaborate, the youths of the world should conclude that people in all walks of life should be respected, especially the elderly. Older generations have so much to offer because their experience is handed to us based on what they went through in life. Senior citizens are just as important as those of any other age. They construct this platform of advice which is vital to the millennials because of their years of experience. The way the world treats others is another key factor, and this organization promotes that specific role. As we meet those who are more knowledgeable than we are, our undivided attention adapts to another person's actions.

By respecting the elderly, we reveal our true character. This organization is the foundation of teaching teens empathy and the importance of giving back. Even if this older generation did not grow up around technology like kids today have, they still behold this understanding of life through their wisdom.

How have your experiences as a GlamourGals volunteer shaped your aspirations and future career goals? 

Being a GlamourGal has influenced what career path I want to pursue in the future. Working with the lovely seniors has shown me various obstacles they face, such as Alzheimer's, being somewhat independent, and taking care of themselves. Seeing this and building relationships with people who face these issues impacted how I want to help anyone with similar issues. My grandmother has been living with Alzheimer's for almost 10 years now. And as more years pass by, the way she functions is not recovering. It fascinates my mind how the brain is prone to remembering how to chew food, but not how to put the spoon into her mouth.

In addition, the way she approaches certain situations in the house makes me sad because help is needed all the time. Whenever I go to the Wallington Civic Center and The Kip Center, these sweet elders remind me of her. They are not physically strong, but mentally they are. And it is my conviction that helping them be at ease will make their lives easy. Being the selfless person I am, I aspire to help those in need. I want to become either a neurologist, physical therapist, and or a nurse practitioner. My main focus and number one goal is to further my education to enrich my mind with the knowledge that I can use to even better help people like my grandma. Not only is it my goal to finish my education, I also want to help the world one person at a time to the best of my ability. Another goal I have is to join and be an active member in more organizations like GlamourGals. 

Being the one to help those who need it leaves this good feeling that charitable acts do not have to be extravagant.
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