Our program has finally come to an end but I still don't know where the time went. This month was full of bittersweet moments with friends and peers. Last but not least, my service to the lovely community of New Orleans has come to an end as well as my academic year. This past month I continued my work with the red cross and tutoring high school students. I was tutoring students in algebra every week. With the red cross I was working on clerical work because they were swamped with paperwork that needed to be filed. Saying good-bye to the students I have gotten to know throughout this year was really hard. They have shown plenty of improvement over the course of this year and that is the icing on the cake for me. I have grown as a teacher and learned to tweak my strategies for tutoring. I hope to continue this work as a medical student in Vallejo. I would like to end my post saying that this program has been one of the best decisions I have made. I have learned so much inside and outside of the classroom. I couldn't be happier to be apart of something as special as this program and people I was lucky enough to call my friends.
April hours: 8
Spring Semester Hours: 30
2016-2017 Academic year total community service hours: 60
March has been a bittersweet month. My time in New Orleans is coming to an end very quickly. The program has sped by and it is going to be hard to say bye to this wonderful city as well as all of the friends I have made. This month I have expanded my service experience to working to help feed the homeless and assist with city clean up. Trash is always a nuisance in any city and always finds a way to ruin animal life as well as city life. It is an overlooked aspect of community outreach. Having recently learned about the damaging effects of human waste on the planet, I was really motivated to become involved in this type of service this month. The homeless population is a community that I have always been involved with since I was an undergraduate in California. My involvement includes providing basic healthcare to simply raising awareness of the various types of disparities this community suffers from. It was a blessing to have been able to provide service to the homeless population in New Orleans. The humility these people have is inspiring. I hope to reach and maintain their level of humility in my own life. I have learned many lessons from individuals I was able to connect with in the past and the individuals that gave me the chance to talk to them. I am truly grateful to have met to such amazing people in New Orleans and will cherish these memories forever.