For Women's History Month, I helped organize and set up for the Immigrant Journeys Women's March across campus. I worked through the Tigers First RSO to work with other organizations in order to make sure that women and minority groups were represented and empowered.
I volunteered with the First Scholars to make recruitment calls to potential first generation college students so that they may have the opportunity to sign up for the scholarship and get money in order to pay for their tuition. As a First Scholar, this experience was very personal as I remember signing up for the scholarship and being excited to become a part of it at the University of Memphis. It was a great experience to be able to share that with other first generation students.
This particular project was very interesting to me as I generally enjoy Memphis and the unique environments and communities in it. When we arrived on the site, we met up with the neighborhood watch committee at a local church and made a plan to establish what we wanted to accomplish. The people were very welcoming and It was truly a pleasure to see that they cared so much for their community and wanted to see it improve. Throughout the day, we cleaned up debris, leaves, trash, and fallen branches from the streets and collected them in trash bags. As we were cleaning the neighborhood, we each went to separate routes and I was lucky enough to be paired with the pastor’s wife. She was a very sweet woman and the way she spoke about her fellow neighbors and community was truly heartwarming. As we walked down the sidewalk, we noticed a giant tree that was blocking the path and made it impossible to get around without walking into the street. She then explained to me that she had made several calls to the city to get them to clean up the mess, but it seemed as though they didn’t care enough to come do their job in the area. As we wrapped up the day, I couldn’t help but be bothered by the city’s negligence of a community in need and one person could be so concerned for the well being of that entire community. In a way, I took this experience with me as it made me value what it is I am studying as a Biologist, and how I want to further my education, so I can improve the environment and make a difference where others wouldn’t think twice to help out.
It was a very fun experience to participate in the Memphis Zoo's annual Zoo Boo! event. I spent my time helping set up different stations for the kids to enjoy and handing out candy to young trick or treaters.