Who knew junior cluster courses could be this fun?

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 By: Sara Kirkpatrick

This Fall term, I’m wrapping up my Leading Social Change junior cluster, as I continue to give back to my community through the UNST 321 Learning in Action course.

I have always enjoyed volunteering. From an early age, I was taught the importance of helping others. My mother showed me how to use my extroverted energy for the greater good; she would sign us up to volunteer at a variety of non-profit events a few times a year. What I remember most about my early years is that each time I volunteered, I learned something new; whether it was about myself, my community, or about a local cause, I always walked away with more knowledge and compassion than before.

These experiences influenced the person I am today (e.g. leadership, teamwork, collaboration, communication, public speaking, etc.). And these past few terms, I’m not only sharing my time as a volunteer, but also sharing my academic passion.

In my cluster courses, I have volunteered with non-profit organizations who need help in my current area of study: marketing and advertising. It’s been fun, as I put my passion for digital marketing to work. One recent example is a website I designed for the St. Patrick’s Catholic Church community garden.

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This term, I am hoping to work with Homeward Bound Theatre and help them attract young leaders to their organization. It’s exciting to put my passions and education to good use, as well as learn more about my community and do my part to make this world a better place.

Do you still need to decide on a PSU junior cluster? If so, I strongly recommend choosing Leading Social Change.  Find out more: http://sinq-clusters.unst.pdx.edu/cluster/leading-social-change

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