One experience in particular has been able to get connected and volunteer my time in the field I hope to one day have a career. My major is Criminal Justice. The advisers here at USA are great. They are there to help guide you through your four years here at USA. Well my adviser, which most of them will, took a step further and was able to connect me with our local Rape Crisis Center in which I now volunteer for weekly. This experience is life changing because not only does it give me hands on experience with different criminal justice agencies, but I am able to change other people's lives. My volunteer work is basically to support victims of sexual assault, and although a touchy subject, I am grateful to have been given this opportunity. It is very rewarding and it gives me a peek into my future career. Not only does it give me hands on experience but through my volunteer work I have met officials that are highly ranked in the criminal justice profession, which is great for networking and finding a job in the future. It is also a PLUS that it is located in my hometown, in contrast to me going off for school, where such opportunities may not have been presented, or may have been difficult to do during school breaks when I would be expected to return home. Having it here in Mobile allows me to do it year round, during the semester and during summer.
Overall, the experience definitely gives me a different perspective on life. It opens my eyes to real life challenges people face everyday, rather than reading about it in a textbook. Also just knowing that you played a part in creating a new found hope in someone's life is the greatest reward.
So Glad USA Gave Me This Experience!