Service Day at UC: Why I Give Back

20160415_azure_garrett_013My name is Azure Garrett ’17, and I am currently the President of Alpha Phi Omega, a co-ed national service fraternity on campus.

APO is very focused on service, so we were happy to work with Student Activities on the second annual Service Day at UC! This year, we thought of some new service activities we could do at the event on Oct. 26, including making pillows for nursing homes and goodie bags for children. APO values service and a lot of activities we do are based around service, especially service to our school and community. This event definitely gave us the opportunity to do both of those things.

Service is always something I have been interested in, but it is very hard to do as an individual. Joining Alpha Phi Omega gave me the voice and resources to not only think about doing service, but by going out and doing it with people who have the same interests as me. As a group we are constantly thinking about ways to give back to the community. It’s nice to be able to do img_2254someething with a great group of people, and not expect anything in return. Personally, I have always enjoyed being involved. I hate the feeling of not being able to help. I like staying busy and what better way to do that than by volunteering? With volunteering, I am able to work with all types of people, from children to senior citizens, and gain new perspectives on different situations. I learn more about myself and the community through service.

As President of APO, I encourage all students at UC to get involved in service, because it makes you a well-rounded individual and it teaches you to give back and have empathy for people. I believe it is our social responsibility to help each other out in all ways possible.

img_2273At this year’s Service Day, a lot of UC students were excited to get involved. Sometimes I find it hard to get UC students involved in activities that don’t give them incentives, and the fact that so many students were willing to give back to the community without expecting something in return is a great sign that UC is growing in more ways than just physical.

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‘Tis the Season

Around this time of year, everyone looks to give back. While you should always think of those less fortunate throughout the entire year, the holidays really are a season of giving. Fortunately, loads of organizations on the Utica College campus have that very idea in mind when it comes to various events.

The Alpha Phi Omega -Petitioning Group at Utica College putting together food baskets for Thanksgiving.

Alpha Phi Omega donated Thanksgiving meals to those in need a few weeks ago. It was incredibly rewarding to see the happy faces of the families as they received the food.

The ASA Gray Biological Society making holiday cards.

The Asa Gray Biological society made holiday cards for a local nursing home and even went caroling. It was fun to be creative when making the cards, and the group even got compliments on them! The singing was also great fun for those who went.

Charitable events can be incredibly fun, while also being worthwhile. I love being creative and designing things (like cards!), but it can also be as simple as donating a toy for the holiday season.

Utica College still has several events going on that students can participate in. Plus, as the holidays come up think about what you, as a individual, can do to help out! It’s always nice to spread some holiday cheer.

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