|Year:||Senior (4th Year)|
Why I Serve Statement:
My goal in being a part of this trip is to dedicate a significant portion of my semester towards learning more about immigration reform, connecting with others who share the same passion, and giving my time to the community impacted the most by this issue. In my chemistry discipline and the College of Natural Sciences in general, there are no spaces to discuss all that is happening in our world around us. The lives of people impacted by immigration policy currently do not have a space in my laboratories and lecture halls, and I want that to change. Scientists and scholars should care about these issues because our scientific accomplishments do not exist in the vacuum of a journal article or reaction flask, our motivation is that they will one day help our neighbor. In order to accomplish this, we must know our neighbors, their struggles and their identities. Immigration reform is an issue close to my heart because my community has been both helped and marginalized by U.S. immigration policies. I cannot entertain the idea that the location of your birth, or the origin of your ancestors, should dictate where you can go and what kind of life you may live. I hope that by fundraising, learning, and connecting with my peers on this trip, I am able to serve people whose quality of life depends on the state of immigration. I serve to give my own life a wonderful purpose by being actively involved in the matters that affect me and the people around me. I serve to be able to communicate simply and complexly, in my parents language and to those in academia, why this matters. I serve because I am a servant, a child of this world as important and valuable as you and all others. I serve to be involved in my community because “life” cannot exist without others. I serve to learn and know how to treat others better. I am a proud participant of Alternative Breaks and hope that the spring break trip we take can inspire others to also merge their personal and academic lives with the passions they care about most.