Greek Intervarsity

This year was year two that I got to spend with Greek Intervarsity. I was born Christian and went to a Catholic school my whole life until college. Faith was always pushed on me, but never chosen myself. When I got to college, I never pushed myself to find a relationship with God. Throughout the last two years I have spent time with wonderful people that push me to the limit to work towards bettering my community, myself, and my relationship with my faith. With their help I have full focus on where my life is taking me and using my religion to help guide me in an prosperous and ethical way.

Greek Intervarsity, or known as Greek IV is nation-wide organization that pushes fraternity and sorority ministry. My first time meeting with Greek IV, I went through weekly sessions called disciplship where I learned the basics and importance of having your Christian faith in your life. I felt like I had learned a ton and was convinced that I would lead a fraternity bible study for my chapter. Every week more and more brothers came to my bible study. I was awesome being able to be that leader to introduce the Holy Trinity to my brothers that may or may not have had the best relationship with God.

Every week with Greek IV, I would learn something new and do my best to improve upon my own spiritual relationships and work on myself as a person. I got to travel to Indianapolis, once again to attend Greek Conference. While in attendance I learned more of what it will be like transferring my faith in college to a professional career. Although I plan on teaching where I will not openly use my religion directly in my classroom, I plan on using my morality and judgement to impact students to be the best people they can be.  This organization made such a huge positive impact on my life and I cannot wait to continue to share my experiences with others! A huge shout out to my fraternity brothers for pushing me to do what I love. A huge thank you to Emmy, Steve, Holli, and everyone in Greek IV for helping me grow. An even bigger thank you to my Mom, Grandmother, Sister, and my roommate, Cameron, for inspiring me big time with my faith.

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Service Learning and Alternative Breaks

This year I experienced something that is considered unique to me. Central Michigan University offers a program called Alternative Breaks. If you are a college student that attends a university that offers this program and haven’t heard of it, you truly are missing out. Basically you sign up for a social justice issue that you are interested in and you go volunteer for a week-long somewhere around the country. As a future educator, I signed up for Education and had the opportunity to travel to Immokalee, Florida and work with the students, teachers, and administrators of Highlands Elementary School.

From 9am until 3pm, I was in Highlands with 12 other CMU students offering our aid to the teachers, chilling with the students while being a positive role model, working with the administration by working on campus beautification. It was incredible seeing how well the school was run and how smart the students were. Highlands is a school that stresses leadership with their students and you can really tell how much these children want to make an impact on their lives and community. The school even hosted a leadership day where over 100 people from Collier County came to visit and see what these students were doing. These people included teachers from outside districts, business owners, superintendents, and other powerful people. I was blown away of how this day was almost completely student ran and how powerful their messages were. It’s almost scary that I saw more maturity, confidence, and motivation in second graders than I do with most adults.

Of course I got to have a little fun while I was down in Florida (mainly bumming on the beach after school), but overall, the message I got out of this week-long service trip is that I am even more confident that I chose the right major. I really want to continue to work with the children of America and try my hardest to bring the most out of them. These students are my motivation and inspired me everyday to continue to work my hardest so that one day I’ll be able to make the impact on them that they do for me. I am really going to miss Immokalee, but if I ever travel to Florida again, that will be my first stop!