Hey Flying Sams!
Our first GBM of spring quarter has arrived! In addition to some important updates and announcements we have for you guys, we will also be having Dr. Adrian Sanchez from the Princeton Review provide some advice and insight on volunteering and extracurricular activities in relation to a future career in the health care field.
We encourage you guys to ask yourselves what your purpose is behind the volunteer work and extracurricular activities you partake in. Do you enjoy them? Do you not? How can your experiences outside of the classroom shape you and your career path? In turn, how can you make a difference in the activities you do partake in? These are some questions Dr. Adrian Sanchez may address!
Come ready to ask some questions and participate in a discussion!
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The books that Dr. Vyas recommended related to this topic were:
1) Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg
2) Notorious RBG by Irin Carmon and Shana Knizhnik
Hope you all gained a lot of insight about the field of medicine from this GBM!
The effort was minute, unplanned, and not in our budget. The school season was starting soon and for many students school supplies were hard to access. I remember being excited at the beginning of each school season because we could shop for school supplies.
My roommate and I walked into a store in a search for food one day and instead saw the endless shelves of Back-to-school sales. By sheer serendipity, this fond memory became a flurry of action and thought. We grabbed two carts full of school supplies. We counted and then counted again to make sure we had 20 of everything. We focused on supplies they could use. Our promotora in Ensenada said there was a greater need. We had little more self-funding that was free so we pushed it to 40-60 students.
We purchased pencil boxes, crayons, notebooks, and pencils. We boxed the crayons and pencils into the pencil cases. We brought it across the border and we delivered it on our August clinic trip. We took pictures for posterity and we wrote their names and ages down for DIF (Desarollo Integral Familia). Their ages ranged from 5 to 15 years of age. Their joy and appreciation shine through in the pictures. I could not have found a better use of our time and resources.
Perhaps next year, with the proper funding and planning we can reach more people in the community. Until then, be thankful and humble for all your possessions and resources.
Yesterday, officers (and non-UCSD volunteers) volunteered for 2 hours at the San Diego Food Bank in Mira Mesa. One group packaged different food items into 357 boxes for Seniors 60+ and over. Another group packaged onions into nets. This translates to 10,710 lbs of food with 3,000 lbs of onions; totalling 13,710 lbs of food in under 1.50 hours.
We deemed the project successful, fun, and rewarding. Thus, we will have these events available for our members to earn points towards clinic or just to volunteer to combat hunger in San Diego. Whatever your reasons, stay tuned for more events with the San Diego Food Bank.
UPDATE: Scheduling with the SD Food Bank is trickier than anticipated. Our next Food Bank trip will be February 23rd and April 16th 2016. Let’s keep the momentum going!