Name: Madison Picklesimer Major: Health Promotion How did I get involved in IMPACT?
Hi! My name is Madison Picklesimer and the reason that I found out about IMPACT was because of my friend Rithika Archinapalli who is also a winter break site leader this year! She went on a spring break trip our freshman year to Charlotte and convinced me to sign up for a trip because she had a great experience. The main reason I decided to get involved in IMPACT is that I wanted to get more involved on campus because I did not find any clubs that I was truly passionate about my freshman year. I wanted to join a club that made a difference outside of the realm of campus and made me feel as if I was included as well. IMPACT not only works within Athens but also in many different areas in the Southeastern United States which made it stand out. Not to mention that the people who are in IMPACT are the sweetest and truly make you feel like you truly fit in!
Why am I interested in my trip focus?
The focus of my trip is ageism which is something I find particularly interesting because it is something that most people do experience, but it is not talked about as much as other social issues. I am interested in diving deeper into a topic that is many times overlooked and learn more about this subject myself through a first-hand experience in Charleston!
Favorite IMPACT memory?
Unfortunately, I was supposed to go on a spring break trip to Chapel Hill this past school year, but due to unforeseen circumstances with the pandemic, I was not able to attend my IMPACT trip. For that reason, I do not have a favorite memory, but I am even more excited to make my first memories as a site leader this year.