As the fall semester here at Fontbonne is halfway through, I’ve finally had a chance to start my volunteer service at St. Mary’s Hospital. I have to admit, when I first started the process to become a volunteer I felt a bit overwhelmed with the amount of information and a little unsure whether I could do a good job or not. The hospital requires two up-to-date TB tests, a flu shot during flu season (they provide free flu shots to volunteers), a volunteer interview, an orientation day, and a commitment of 12 months. It seems like a lot, but once you get started everything goes fairly quickly.
On my first day of volunteering I didn’t know what to expect. I had a lot of questions, but the other volunteers there were able to answer most of my questions and also help guide me through the different processes. I also met a lot of new people that came to the hospital to visit their loved ones. I was able to walk them to their destinations and chat with them a little. Each visitor seemed relieved to have the small help of navigating the large building. The visitors also had unique stories to tell. Each interaction felt like small gift in time.
During your time at Fontbonne I would highly recommend taking the time to volunteer in the community, if not at St. Mary’s, then perhaps with an organization that sparks your interest. There are perks to volunteering, like being able to put it on your resume for a master’s program or an addition to some scholarship applications. I think, however, that being able to give your time for a good cause is a reward all on its own. Now get out there and do something good for your community!
Last Friday was our University Big Day!!! Did anyone join and volunteer in one of the activities? I really had a wonderful time spending my day with my other friends at an elementary school to help their school do some gardening on their front lawn and some painting for the school to hang along the hallway. The weather was nice and this was my first time doing some planting. I ‘m glad that we were able to show the young children there to let them know what we are doing and show them what the plants are and how they will grow big later! The kids were lovely and the teachers and principal were appreciated of what we were doing there.
I am very impressed that our University which would spend a day to encourage students to go out to serve other communities in need. Compared to my previous undergraduate university, I’ve never experienced that before. So, I really appreciate how Fontbonne treasures and encourages people.
Do you know that this coming Friday is our Fontbonne Day?!!! I’m very excited to that since I just came to Fontbonne University last summer and this is my first year to experience Fontbonne Day!! This year I will have an opportunity to participate into one of the volunteering activities. I and other Fontbonne students will be going to an elementary school to decorate their walls and do a little gardening. I think it will be fun especially since the weather these days is so nice!!! 😀
Let’s spread the Fontbonne spirit in the St. Louis community!!!
Campus was busy this week. Sports were played well, events were held, but I want to talk about the sweet side of things. National Student Speech Language Hearing Association held a donation-based bake sale. This was a broke college kid’s dream.
The bake sale was simple. Step one, walk up and give what you can. Step two, take some baked goods. I gave exactly 76 cents, basically what I had in my wallet. I walked away with a baked good for my class. The club manned the table themselves showing how hard working student organizations are at Fontbonne. The people manning the table were generally happy that you were giving what you could. I left with 76 cents less, but a sweet treat and some gratitude for giving.
Although this isn’t a big event on campus I believe it truly showcases who we are as a school. Student organizations have the power to hold bake sales and create what they want. Small things like this make a small school. Seeing booths scattered in the halls at random times gives me, and I easily expect others, an element of surprise to break up a stressful day.
Today I got a chance to give to a student organization and receive something. Hope your day was as sweet as mine.