- Relay for Life. This was definitely one of my favorite times volunteering this semester. The event went on all night long. Essentially for 12 hours, the idea is that someone is always walking on the track to symbolize moving forward in cancer research. It was so much fun! The organization running the event administered all sorts of activities for the volunteers to participate in during Relay. It was a great experience that I wouldn’t trade for the world.
- SPCA. Earlier this year, I got involved with the SPCA club on campus, and it was one of the best choices I made. Specifically, working with our local SPCA to bring the dogs to campus has provided a lot of smiles for myself and my peers. It’s amazing how happy a few dogs can make someone! There’s nothing like relaxing on the lawn on a sunny day with a couple of dogs running around you.
- Elementary school. At the end of welcome week, students in the President’s Leadership Program had the opportunity to spend a few hours with a service track of their choosing. I chose to visit a local elementary school and help set up for the upcoming school year. The teachers and faculty there were all so happy to have us and provided a great atmosphere to work in. This was my very first service experience at Christopher Newport and it certainly will not be one I forget!
- Psi Upsilon. As a new member of Psi Upsilon this semester, I’ve gotten to spend lots and lots of hours volunteering for our national philanthropy about suicide prevention. We’ve hosted tons of fundraisers and have gotten involved in the community to aid in ensuring that our message is heard as far and as wide as possible.
The best part about all these experiences is that I know it’s just the beginning. I’m going to be able to build on these experiences as the years go by and I can’t wait!