Mohawk taught me a great deal about what I want to do with my life and also about the kind of person I want to be. Developing the skills needed to get a job in my industry was only the start. During my time at Mohawk, I also developed a passion for volunteering and a perpetual need to get involved in the community around me. Volunteering is not only a great way to help others and explore new passions but it is also a great way to build your resume and gain experience.
Depending on the work, it can be fulfilling, it can help you make new friends and even fall in love with a new city. When I first came to Hamilton I had no idea of all the amazing social programs and activities available. No matter where your interests lie there is a way you can give back and get involved. Youth services, homelessness, the environment, animal rights, abuse, immigrant transition, poverty…the list goes on. There are organizations to benefit each of these great causes on campus and out in the community.
Before coming to Mohawk I amassed over 200 hrs of community service at the local Society for the Protection Against Cruelty to Animals and through my high school trip to the Dominican Republic to build homes for the poor. When I arrived at Mohawk I wanted to see that continue, and in my second year I helped organize a trip to New Orleans to rebuild homes after the destructive forces of Hurricane Katrina. I will forever be a supporter of volunteer work within our community and around the world and I believe that the work being done by volunteers is truly remarkable.
It doesn’t always have to be something big, even my time spent as a volunteer during Welcome Week at Mohawk taught me something and made a lasting impression on a student when they felt lost and needed me most. I still give back through the Ronald McDonald House, FAB Foundation and many charitable walks and runs and I believe this is partially due to the overwhelming response and encouragement I received as a student volunteer at Mohawk. I strongly encourage those who have the capability and the capacity to give back to do so. Give of your time, give of your money, but most importantly give of yourself because the time you spend helping others is never wasted, and in the end you gain so much more than you could ever have imagined.
– Kat Cullen
Broadcasting – Television & Communications Media, ’10
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