Emma is a junior at Denison University who has distinguished herself with an extraordinary commitment to civic engagement. She immersed herself in numerous programs to help improve the lives of marginalized populations through the Denison Community Association; a 600-member student organization dedicated to community service and humanitarian outreach. Emma's effectiveness and contributions are fueled in part by her dedication and genuine passion for service. The considerable impacts of her efforts will endure here at Denison and our surrounding community long after she graduates.
My engagement in civic life began in high school when I volunteered in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at my local children's hospital. I immediately fell in love with the feeling of helping others. Seeing the smile on a child's face made me realize how such a small sacrifice on my part could potentially make a big difference in somebody else's life. Since then, my interest and my passion in community service have only grown. Denison's commitment to service has provided me with a multitude of opportunities to become involved in my local community. I have run a committee which plans service events to connect Denison students with neighboring families and residents. I have also been fortunate enough to participate in America Reads, a tutoring program for elementary children. Through Big Brothers Big Sisters, I have had the opportunity to form a mentor relationship with my eleven-year-old "Little." I am very grateful that Denison supports these outreach programs and I have loved being able to further my engagement in service. I am excited about continuing my commitment to service learning as I finish my higher education and enter into adulthood.