The fall of my freshmen year, I had the chance to go to the impact fair. All the site leaders were so nice and welcoming. They made each trip sound like so much fun, so it made applying for my favorite trip very difficult. Unfortunately, I didn’t get to go on trip that year, but I was determined to sophomore year. The community health trip I went on to Indiana and the site leaders that guided me inspired my decision to become a site leader and continue advocating for this club. My trip last year focused on the HIV/AIDS community in Memphis further developed my love for service-learning. It connected my experience as a participant the year before to my experience as a site leader. I joined impact because this organization combined traveling and community service which are two things I truly enjoy. Impact’s values and methods of service also stood out to me. Another thing was that I noticed that Impact is one of those organizations that does become a family thing and that is very rare to find.
Why Shelter and Resource Access?
I believe that one should always try something out of his or her comfort zone or learn about a new topic. I am excited to learn about shelter and resource access as it encompasses so many different aspects. There are a lot of misconstrued notions about the homeless and lower income populations and I want to educate myself and our participants about the different factors that can affect shelter and resource access. Having access to shelter and food are very important in reducing poverty. Our trip location is in Charlotte, North Carolina, so I am looking forward to learning more about how this issue correlates to affordable housing and resource access in Georgia.
This summer, I worked on a family cookbook of all of my grandma’s favorite recipes.
How did I get involved with IMPACT?
I went on a winter break trip to Tuscaloosa last year, focusing on Affordable Housing. I had heard so much about how amazing IMPACT trips were, and I was excited to learn more about housing and get to know a good group of people. After going on an amazing trip, I wanted to help other people have a similarly great experience with the program. In addition, I wanted to expand my own understanding of my trip’s issue. I think IMPACT trips make their biggest..impact…through awareness. What I want most is for myself and the participants on my trip to walk away with a better understanding of social issues and hopefully a drive to contribute towards solutions.
Why am I interested in my trip focus?
Shelter and resource access is an issue that ties into many other social issues, and similarly has many forces behind it, including economics, history, psychology, political science...the list goes on. Despite the amount of people in need and the general discussion of issues like welfare in our lives, few people (myself included) know very much about these issues. I think it’s important to understand these issues before making any difference. Besides being a significant social issue itself, shelter and resource access impacts various other issues such as employment, education, etc.
I share a birthday with Tom Cruise. We're cancers.
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