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How to Know When to Stop Doing Service


How to Know When to Stop Doing Service by Claudia Sisomphou This summer was confusing, beautiful, stressful, and peaceful all at the same time. I learned more about myself in the past two months than I have in the last two years. For the first time I took a step back from my life of service and found that I, alone, was a little lost. I was faced with the reality that I had been doing so much for others that somewhere along the way I had...

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My Day As A Professional


My Day As A Professional by Alexis Simpson For me, the highlight of this the Volunteer Managers' Roundtable at the Volunteer Center of Sonoma County was suggesting to Hope Bohanec, Executive Director at Compassionate Living, that to reach the 18-25 demographic about veganism her organization could partner with a fitness company. I've noticed that many students at Sonoma State University are really into fitness. It was in this moment that I felt like a professional because I was giving a suggestion to another professional...

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Get Involved: Verity


Get Involved: Verity Content Warning for sexual violation including rape; this post is part of a series that deals with intersectional gender-based violence. by Ashley Simon "I got involved with Verity because I was looking for an internship that allows me to gain experience in a field that reflects my Women's Health minor. I enjoy working with them because I feel that it is important to educate ourselves on topics like sexual assault to know what is happening to people in our community...

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Service & Internship Fair IX


Service & Internship Fair IX Lots of academic departments require internships or volunteer hours from students. The Service & Internship Fair, also called the Involvement & Service Fair, provides community organizations the opportunity to find students for their organizations as well as gives students a sense of the different organizations they can be a part of. Some organizations even hire students out of their internships into full time positions after the students graduate. Many community organizations are wondering how they can get students involved with...

Get Involved: Positive Images


Get Involved: PositiveImages This post is part of a series that deals with intersectional gender-based violence. Content Warning for transphobia and homophobia by Ashley Simon Centered in Santa Rosa, Positive Images (PI) is a nonprofit organization that provides resources to queer youth and education to the greater community. There are support groups for youth exploring their genders and sexuality, safe and confidential counseling sessions with trained peers, and fun social events such as dances and potlucks. Why should students get involved? Queer youth...

Best Spring Break Ever


Best Spring Break Ever by An Okada What did you do for Spring Break? Did you relax, go to the beach, spend time with family? I spent my spring break collecting garbage, planting trees, gardening, and building relationships with other SSU students who care about sustainability. When I met my supervisor for the first time, she also introduced Sonoma State Alternative Spring Breaks. Sonoma State Alternative Breaks are week-long trips that focus on specific social issues, and students bring what we learn back...

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Book Buddies I


Book Buddies I by Derek Warren "[...T]his service-learning approach has changed the way I see a person reading to their child. Before attending Book Buddies, I thought to myself that we were just going to read to a child, then the child will read, and then make a book. But after the students had left I realized it was more than just reading; it was also possibly life changing." --Martha Mendoza, SSU Psychology 302 service-learner. For the first time, Sonoma State University...

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Why I Was Proud to NOT Fit in at the Geography of Hope Conference: Women and the Land


Why I Was Proud to NOT Fit in at the Geography of Hope Conference: Women and the Land by Claudia Sisomphou As I get further into my education and dive deeper into the issues of society, I can't help but wonder what is at the root of all of these problems. Is it possible that all these issues could be related? I believe the answer is yes. At the heart of every problem we see today is at least one of two faults: lack of respect for others or lack of respect for the Earth. Hunger, pollution,...

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Discovery Day IX


Discovery Day IX by Ashley Simon "I think I'm more excited for college just by seeing how all these students feel about it," said Gisselle Alvarez from Roseland Collegiate Prep (RCP). At Discovery Day, RCP students learned how to get to college and what to expect. "I had all the qualities of a leader: smart, caring, including others and building relationships," student leader Edgar Arroyo writes upon reflection. SSU students used what they learned in class to be effective leaders and mentors....

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My Experience at CHESS XX: California Higher Education Student Summit


My Experience at CHESS XX: California Higher Education Student Summit by Claudia Sisomphou It is because of the opportunities I have had thanks to higher education, and more specifically the CSU System, that make me so passionate about ensuring accessibility and affordability for others to attend college as well. I am completely certain that I would not be the well-rounded and positive person I am today if I had not gone to college. That's why, since my freshman year, I have been a part of the Associated Students Club...

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