In March, four Plaza College students attended the National Sigma Tau Delta/Sigma Kappa Delta conference in Cincinnati, Ohio. National scholarship winner Diane Ferrer was honored for her essay at a celebratory luncheon. Read her award-winning essay below!
When I volunteer, I feel a sense of purpose. Serving my community, college, and the Chi Delta chapter has enabled me to deepen my compassion and commitment to helping others.
Over the past five years, I have had the privilege of serving my community. In 2012, I became involved with the Parent Teacher Association in Richmond Hills, Queens. My involvement led me to lead the Yearbook Committee for the graduating 5th Grade Class. In my coordinating efforts, I led a team of five parents. Together, we spent 25 hours a week for six months out of the year editing, formatting, and photographing to meet our deadlines. Then, in 2013, I led the Yearbook Committee for another year. This time I was also Co-president of the PTA and spent 30 hours as a volunteer in school activities. This was the experience of a lifetime, and I loved being a part of it. The end result was an outstanding yearbook, and our team was honored by the school for our hard work.
Furthermore, I have served my college. During the last two semesters, I formed two organizations to help lead our students to success. In order to prepare for the National Registered Medical Assistant (RMA) exam, Medical Assisting students are required to take a post-test to see where we stand. Many of my peers failed, and I was the only one who passed. As a result, I decided to help my peers pass. I formed a group that meets two times each week. I serve as the instructor for the group. For two hours, I review the questions and test my classmates. I have been surprised by the positive response. My goal is that all members will pass the RMA Exam.
In addition, this year I created a second organization called Resilience. The purpose of this group is to inspire struggling students not to give up. Many students balance school, a full-time job, and being parents. The stress of college can be overwhelming; thus, many drop out before the end of the semester. In Resilience, I create a safe space where members can come discuss the obstacles they are facing with others in similar situations. I moderate the group and try to help them manage their stress effectively and prioritize their studies. We have a total of 15 members. So far, I have already begun to witness improvement in both their morale and their faith in themselves.
Finally, I have served the Chi Delta chapter of Sigma Kappa Delta both as a member and in my new role as Chi Delta President. As a member, I served as the 2017 student ambassador between our chapter and the American Cancer Society. This year, I led our team of volunteers at the Making Strides for Breast Cancer Walk. We were there at the crack of dawn to help with many aspects of the registration process. In total, I recruited nearly 25 Chi Delta members for this year’s walk. Then, I was recently elected President of the Chi Delta Chapter. I am committed to making this year Chi Delta’s best ever. My goals including starting a motivational book club, planning monthly poetry readings, and forming our college’s first literary magazine.
These have been some of the most meaningful experiences of my life. I feel I am meant to be of service to others. With joy and commitment, I plan to continue my service to my community, college, and Chi Delta. I appreciate your consideration for this incredible honor.