YMCA AT VIRGINIA TECH via Crowdrise
November 01, 2010
BENEFITING: YMCA AT VIRGINIA TECH
EVENT DATE: Jan 03, 2011
HELP THE CAUSE. SUPPORT THE Y and THE DR!
Live it, learn it, love it. ASB 2011.
The Y at Virginia Tech
Read one students past experience.
Something to consider…
Rambling thoughts of your average college student are usually concerned with upcoming tests, crush parties, and which bus they have to catch to make it to class. I started my college years at Virginia Tech in the fall of 2007 and found myself confused as to what I was supposed to do for the rest of my life. An e-mail convinced me of a direction I should start walking and I have never looked back
I participated in an Alternative Winter Break trip in January of 2009 and it changed my life- mentally, physically, and emotionally. Walking into the unknown, feeling lost, but curious all the same, not knowing what to expect, or even the correct comprehension of the local language spoken in the small community villages of Nagua, Dominican Republic, excited me and ignited my passion for service.
There I was in the DR, bending rebar with a pipe against a tree, mixing concrete in the Dominican sun, and dancing with the local community as the Bachata blared from a house just down the dirt road. During my sixteen days on the island, I found myself and my passion. Service is an art form, it’s a dance of life we must all consider joining. It is the ultimate giving of oneself because there are others less fortunate who need our help.
Fred Rodgers said "If you could only sense how important you are to the lives of those you meet; how important you can be to the people you may never even dream of. There is something of yourself that you leave at every meeting with another person." Sometimes all we shared was a smile, but that was enough.
I want to inspire more people, show everyone what it is like to completely immerse yourself in that world. There is something to be said about giving yourself to a greater cause, but the ironic part is, most days I just can’t find the words to describe it. If I could convince just one person of the importance of service, I would be content knowing future lives will be impacted in a beneficial way.
Some people do not believe one person can make a difference. One day, I hope to be the reason those people change their minds
Thanks for all of your support,
Melanie & Kate