Major: Business Accounting
Chapter Philanthropy:Children's Miracle Network Hospital
Previously in high school, I was very involved through my home church, Crystal Valley Missionary Church. Being involved gave me multiple facets to reach out and be involved in my community. I have volunteered at my town's local food pantry, as well as various events put on by my church such as a program called "Pass It Forward". Essentially, people in the community and church donated old clothes and other items, and made one massive free garage sale. I helped with organizing all the donations and preparing the garage sale for people to come through and take what they needed.
I was also the President of my National Honor Society at my high school, Northridge High School. NHS is a volunteer-based organization that presents a multitude of opportunities to serve. Through NHS, I planned school dances, volunteered at concession stands, and helped with carnivals at the elementary schools in my district. I am currently the Co-Philanthropic Chair for Read Student Government.
The involvement closest to my heart though is when I was able to volunteer every Sunday as a leader in pre-teen Sunday school. I did this for about 3 years, and every Sunday, my best friend Audrey and I, would prepare games, worship, and a lesson for 4th and 5th graders at my church. It was amazing to be able to connect and interact with these kids. They taught me so much about myself and about how it feels to help others. They taught me that sometimes things don't go as planned, and that 4th and 5th graders think some odd things.
But mostly, they taught me you couldn't help someone without also helping yourself. They were all so happy and joyful to be there and to be able to hang out with me. They had such positive outlooks on life, and they taught me to always have faith and hope.
I have been extremely fortunate to have been given many opportunities to exercise and develop leadership skills. In high school, like I said, I was the President of my National Honor Society. I had to facilitate and find volunteer opportunities for the members of the society, as well as run meetings, delegate tasks, and ensure everyone was meeting their requirements. I was also the Dance Captain of my mixed competitive show choir. My job was to know the choreography inside and out, and correct the group choreographically as a whole. Not only that, but it was my job to represent my group well and to keep morale up. I consider myself a positive person, but at times, I could get very hurt by the way people treated my authority and me. This experience taught me that as I leader, I want to lead alongside the group and not in front of the group. It taught me no one will respect you if you don't know what you're doing and if you don't respect your group back. It taught me to be humble and to accept when I'm wrong and to ultimately have the interests of the group as a whole. My senior year, we won the small school division state championship and it was one of the most rewarding things I have ever done in my life. To know that I had been so invested in something so successful but that we had all worked so hard for it, I have truly never felt more proud of myself and of something I was a part of. In college, I am currently the Co-Philanthropic chair of the student government of my dorm. I am in the Hutton Honors College here and through that I am involved in an organization called Hutton Honors Council Association, or HHCA. Each dorm has their own council that plans events for the residents and I am the president of Read HHCA.