“Through ASB, I was able to visit and learn about a few rural communities in Washington State, and I discovered that I really love working with children.”
Which community did you volunteer at, and what did you work on while you were there?
I volunteered in Long Beach during my freshman year, Toppenish during my sophomore year, and Forks during my junior year. I worked with third- and fourth-graders on literacy arts projects – specifically brainstorming, writing, editing, and illustrating picture books at all three sites.
How has being a part of ASB impacted your goals and dreams for the future?
Through ASB, I was able to visit and learn about a few rural communities in Washington State, and I discovered that I really love working with children. As a medical student, I hope to return to one of these rural towns this summer for a four-week immersion experience in community medicine and perhaps work with the students again, this time on health education-related projects.
What is a favorite memory you have during your time with ASB?
During my sophomore year, my team worked with several Native American students who wrote their stories about going to weekly and monthly pow wows, during which they would wear traditional garments, sing, and dance. The students invited my teammates and me to attend one of their pow wows, which we did! It was awesome being able to attend and learn about their cultural celebration. My other favorite memory is basically the last day of the trip. Although it’s bittersweet saying goodbye to the students, I love the writers’ celebrations because the students absolutely enjoy taking turns reading their books to each other in front of the class.
Interested in being apart of the 2018 Literacy Arts Alternative Spring Break? Applications open Monday, November 13th!