May 4th, 2012
Univ 190-003: Understanding Service and Social Justice: The Refugee Experience In America
Aside from visiting our refugee family, our class participated in a fundraiser for our sister school in Africa a couple weeks ago. That was a very nice experience because we got the opportunity to educate others about what was going on in the other half of the world. Many people asked us what our fundraising was for, and one time we even got one of the members in LRO to help us. The fundraiser was a hit. Not only did we spread awareness but we also got tons of donations. Unfortunately, we were only able to fundraise on one day. Due to the weather we had to cancel our second location. We were trying to set up yet another location but due to finals week, we assumed the turnout to be low. Being a part of this fundraiser taught me first of all how to run one, and all the troubles and rewards that come with it. As for my refugee service experience, I must say it was definitely a learning experience. So much happened within the last few months that it is going to take a while to take it all in.
Helping others has always been an interest of mine. Through this class I have started to fulfill that interest. It is very challenging to balance school, homework, work, and service all in one day. If I were to do this again I would take specific days off so I can fit it into my schedule easier. In the future, I do hope to participate in something like this again. Whether it be through LRO or another organization.