This past week I have been very involved in volunteering and helping to give back to the community. The Community Outreach Office hosted its annual Pet Therapy Day, when students and faculty bring their dogs to campus for the day. Students are invited to play with the dogs as a way to take a break from their studies and restore themselves. This is one of my favorite events and I look forward to it every semester. I am a complete dog lover and it makes me feel so good when the dogs show me their love in return. I think that this is a great way for students to destress themselves before finals and enjoy some time with such lovable pets.
Take Back the Night is an event at the University when students and community advocates hold a pre-rally at the Dionne Green. Students provide information about sexual assault and other issues. Shirts on which students wrote messages of hope and anguish were hung on clotheslines around the green. The students than gathered in front of the library and marched down to the Courthouse Square, while chanting against sexual assault and all forms of violence. As they packed the square, students stood up in front of the crowd, telling their stories and speaking about spreading awareness of sexual assaults. It was such a moving experience and it felt good to support those who have been victims of such terrible crimes.
As an Occupational Therapy student, you are required to complete a certain number of service learning hours per semester. This weekend my friends and I volunteered our time at the Dunmore Health Care Center. This is nursing home facility that houses elderly people who can no longer live independently. While we were there, we helped the residents play games of Bingo, read them stories, and talked with them about their lives. Some of the stories were very inspiring and it felt really good to just sit and listen to them. They were all so grateful that we were taking time out of our day to spend time with them and it was very rewarding knowing that we made someone’s day. I always enjoy completing service learning hours because it makes me feel good about myself knowing that I am making a difference.
Have a great week everyone!