I am currently attending the University of California, Santa Barbara, and I will be graduating this upcoming June with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and minors in Applied Psychology and History of Art and Architecture. I work at the UCSB Thunderdome, where we host UCSB Men’s and Women’s Basketball games among many other events. When I am not studying or working I enjoy running and being around nature. I began volunteering for CALM a little over a month ago, and although I have only been volunteering for a short amount of time, it has already become something that I look forward to during the week.
A typical day of volunteering at CALM allows me to take care of the children whose parents have come in for therapy. I usually play games or draw with the kids, depending on what the kids want to do. I enjoy it when the kids joke around because it means that they are having fun and are comfortable in their environment.
Although I have not been volunteering for long, one of my favorite things about volunteering is interacting with the children. One of the kids that I have been taking care of was initially really shy but as the weeks have progressed he has become more open towards me. Gaining the trust of a child is something that I find rewarding, and I am grateful that I have the opportunity to do this for CALM.
I learned about CALM through an instructor in one of the courses that I took this past summer. I looked up the organization online, and I was intrigued by its goals because I have always advocated for the well-being of children. I decided to apply for a volunteer position because I wanted to work for an organization that strives to help children and families.
If I could do one thing to make kids’ lives better, I would give them the tools to lead meaningful lives. Children have so much potential, and if we teach kids the skills necessary to positively interact with their environment then they will carry these skills throughout their lives.