Giving Back at Oxy
Bogger: Connie Oh
Now that winter break is here, and you’ve probably already heard way too much about finals week at this point, I’m going to talk about something other than academics here at Oxy – I’m going to talk about getting involved with community service. I’m extremely passionate about giving back to the community. It’s always been a big part of my life, so obviously, community service is one of the most important activities I do here at Oxy. Here’s my little blurb on why (and how) to get involved in community service at Oxy.
First of all, it’s so easy to get involved in community service at Oxy. One look at the website for the Office of Community Engagement will tell you immediately that there are tons of ways to get easily involved. Student organizations dedicated to giving back to the community? Check. Special events like the MLK Day of service? Check. It’s so easy! Just send an email – or, if you prefer, you can sign up your name during the Student Involvement Fair in the beginning of fall semester. It’s a great way to learn more about each organization before getting involved.
Secondly, there are so many choices. If you’re into education, there are organizations focused on giving back via tutoring. Want to fight poverty? We got that too. Are you into health and teaching kids about a healthy lifestyle? We got that as well. No matter what your passion lies in, you will find a way to use your talents and passions to give back! Personally, I’m a student director of the Asian American Tutorial Project (AATP). We give back to the community by tutoring elementary school students in Chinatown. I’m really into education, so that’s how I give back to my community, combining my passions for community service and education.
Thirdly – community service is extremely rewarding. You learn so much through community service. You meet amazing people and you make differences in amazing lives! Helping my tutee and seeing the great smiles on her face makes waking up on Saturday mornings worth it.
Oxy’s students have always been involved with the community. In fact, AATP has been around since 1969. It’s an organization with a long history, just showing you how Oxy has been consistently involved in community service. If you’re looking to do more than just academics – to give back to the community in a way that suits your passions and interests – there are tons of opportunities to do that Oxy. Trust me, it’s completely worth it.
Hope you all have a wonderful winter break and holidays! Until next time –