Theta Nu Xi
Hometown: Lafayette, IN
Minors: Spanish and Chemistry
Chapter Philanthropy: Girls For A Change
I started volunteering at a young age and have loved it ever since. Starting in 5th grade I was a tutor for other elementary school children. In middle school I volunteered every summer at my local library's summer reading program to not only encourage them to sign up for the reading program and meet/exceed their goals, but read with them so they could learn to enjoy it! In high school I began tutoring lower-income middle school children at after school programs via the National Junior Honors Society and National Honors Society. During my summer after my freshman year at IU, I spent the summer volunteering at a nursing home as an activities coordinator and helped to set up daily activities such as bingo games and ice cream socials. Throughout my time I have done copious amounts of volunteering and service projects. Through one of my clubs, I helped to plan our annual philanthropy project known as Adopt-a-Family in which we create a family Christmas with dinner and presents for lower income families in Bloomington that would not be able to do so on their own. Through my sorority I attend monthly group service projects with Girl's Inc. of Bloomington in which we provide uplifting and encouraging group activities to young girls. I have served as a Peer Mentor at the Asian Cultural Center in which I helped students and faculty of IU whose language is not English. I could help them with anything from working on editing research papers to simply practicing English conversation with them. I have also conducted many random service efforts such as sorting food at the Hoosier Hills Food Bank, facilitating numerous events on IU's campus such as the MLK Unity Summit, and helping out with a biking project via the Bloomington City Council. This semester I want to try something new and volunteer the night shifts at the Interfaith Winter Shelter.
I pride myself on my leadership experience; I have not only been a part of many organizations, but I have been able to give back as much as I am able to for each one. I was involved in the IU Marching Hundred for four years. I served on the Forest Student Government as a Community Liaison my freshman year, was a Floor President (similar to an RA) in Willkie Residence Center, and now serve as a Community Manager (hybrid position of RA and graduate student level advisorship) and Facilities Reservations Manager in Willkie. I have been dedicated to MAPS (the Minority Association of Pre-Medical Students), an organization that strives to empower diverse students who are interested in having a career in healthcare one day. I started as a general body member, became an active member in which I chaired many committees, served on the executive board as the Director of Finances, and am now the Vice President. This spring I joined Theta Nu Xi and have many leadership roles within the organization such as President, Parliamentarian, and Treasurer. And lastly, I was an Orientation Leader this past summer.