Two months from today my incredible new friends, faculty and I will be heading down to Biloxi, Mississippi to make a difference. Throughout the years I have enjoyed giving to people rather than receiving. It is amazing how much you can do for an individual or organization through volunteer projects. You never know how much they truly appreciate what you have done for them. What may seem as a little task to you could be significant in their life. I enjoy giving back to the community in whatever ways I can. I feel I have so much to be grateful for and that giving back to those in need is the least that I can do. I am looking forward to this incredible opportunity to help in whatever ways possible through the various projects we’ll be doing in Biloxi.
I cannot express in words how grateful I am to be able to go to Biloxi with such an amazing group of people who are just as passionate in volunteer work as I am. It has been amazing so far to begin to get to know each of the members of the group. I eagerly wait for it to be March already. When I began my new chapter at Framingham I knew I wanted to step out of my comfort zone and try to make a difference it whatever aspects I could.
I know all the projects on the trip will be hard work. Every drop of sweat will truly be gratifying to know you are making at least somewhat of a difference. It is saddening to think about how much the oil spill has affected marine life, individuals’ jobs, the economy in Biloxi, and potentially the overall health. I am so excited to go to Biloxi. So many people just forget about these natural disasters and incidences after the press stops talking about them as much. Meanwhile the areas are still suffering and will continue to be affected for years for come. We cannot forget about these areas. One disaster is just as significant and horrifying as the other. Being privileged to live on Cape Cod surrounded by the ocean and many beaches is a luxury sometimes that I don’t realize that I take for granted. I can only imagine how much the members of the communities affected by the oil spill are hurting. The image below just shows how a beautiful wave is destroyed with oil, which will affect so many areas of marine life in the communities.
There are so many individuals and organizations that have done so much for this community and they are incredible people. It feels good that I can contribute to helping Biloxi through this trip. These situations provoke you to think about and question who we really admire in our society. The movie star in your favorite movie is not to be compared to the man or woman who dedicated their time to help rebuild a home or provide funds to areas in need. I admire those other individuals and organizations who strive to make a difference too.
I am so lucky and grateful to have the opportunity to go to Biloxi. I know this experience will be an eye-opening journey and will have a positive impact by making me a better person. I look forward to getting more of my family and friends involved in volunteer work and to be as passionate in giving back to the community as the other ASB members. I can’t wait to go and make as much of a difference as we can.
Class of 2016