|Jenny with students on the Discovery Program|
|Jenny working on Discovery Program|
After completing the Discovery Program, an incredible community service-based program for first year students, I learned about multiple opportunities on and off campus that I took advantage of and have opened many doors for me. My experience in community service began well before my arrival at Hofstra, through volunteer work with SpecialOlympics. When I learned that Hofstra did not have a club or organization in support of Special Olympics, I went through OSLA and started a club of my own, Hofstra Goes for Gold. Through our largest fundraising event, Jail & Bail, we have raised $21,837 in three years, which has directly sponsored Special Olympics athletes. I am very proud of this accomplishment and my group.
|Jenny with students at Jail and Bail|
The OSLA programs attract the kind of student who wants to get involved and chooses to give back. So many of these people have done amazing things and are truly inspirational to me. These programs have allowed me to make many friends that I might not have met otherwise. Making friends outside of class is invaluable because it allows you to make connections with all kinds of interesting people in other majors and fields, which will help you in your future profession no matter what you plan on doing.
|Jenny raising money for Special Olympics|
at Jail and Bail, March 2014
Submitted by Jenny Rowe, ‘15