Service in Student Leadership at AB

Hi, all! My name is Emily Rainey, back with a second blog post. I’ll be telling you about my opportunities for service while at Alderson Broaddus University. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, I’ve been unable to complete my Honors Program service project. Instead, I’ll be telling you all about how I’ve served my community during my time at AB. 

Over the last four years, I’ve had the chance to be incredibly involved on campus, which also means that I’ve had many opportunities for service. It has been my ultimate goal over the last four years to use any position I find myself in to serve others, as well as to give from any abundance I may have. I took on many leadership roles within student organizations and the student government on campus and did my best to serve others. 

For starters, my greatest passion has been the Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) student organization. From its infancy, I’ve been heavily involved in the leadership of GSA, with the sole purpose of creating a truly safe and welcoming space for any students to gather, free of discrimination or judgment. Along the way, I have been able to both create and be a part of some extraordinary moments, fantastic events, and charitable projects. I and many of the GSA executive and regular club members have dedicated so much time to this passion project. We’ve donated significant time to building something I believe many of us are proud of, as well as reaching members of the student body who we’ve been able to support and help in their collegiate journey. We’ve headed up service projects each semester; I have orchestrated numerous Safe Zone training seminars, and ultimately, we’ve aimed to serve others in any way possible. 

In addition to GSA, I’ve been able to donate a great deal of my time volunteering as a tutor. Within the STM disciplines, I have been able to donate about 120 hours to volunteer tutoring. However, all this tutoring never really felt like a chore or a job. On such a small campus, it kind of feels like you’re all in it together. In the STM department, I feel like we really all tried to encourage each other and work together to make sure we were all successful. Tutoring allowed me to encourage and support my peers, classmates, and friends with what I had to offer.

Along the way, I’ve been able to partake in a few miscellaneous service projects. I’ve been able to donate time to student government initiatives, as well as to campus-wide community initiatives. I’ve also been able to work with the Animal Friends of Barbour County shelter through the Honors Program. 

All in all, I’ve just done my best to donate my time and efforts where I may see a need. If I’ve seen a need on campus or elsewhere, I’ve done my best to offer what I can and give from my own abundance. I’ve been so blessed with incredible family, friends, mentors, and community, so it’s only right for me to spread that kind of acceptance, positivity, and love the best I can. This is what service means to me, giving from your own abundance in any way you have to offer.