Thank You, CPS, for Providing Me a New Perspective of the World

Annette Aguilera-Gonzalez on an Immersion Project in the Dominican Republic (Photo provided)

Annette Aguilera-Gonzalez on an Immersion Project in the Dominican Republic (Photo provided)

By Annette Aguilera-Gonzalez, Contributing Writer

One of the main reasons I selected Gettysburg College was the degree to which students were engaged in service. My junior year of high school, the Center for Public Service (CPS) won a Presidential Award for General Community Service in the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. Thrilled by the idea that I would be able to continue building on my passion for service at Gettysburg College while receiving an amazing education made my college decision extremely easy. I could not wait to get on campus and participate in Gettysburg Is Giving (GIV) Day.

“I would help my little with fractions but her optimism and grit were something I wanted to emulate.” – Annette Aguilera-Gonzalez ’18

After volunteering at Sherfy Farm on GIV Day, I explored the other volunteer opportunities CPS had to offer. I joined Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS). In my first year of being a volunteer, my little taught me a lot. I started to view our relationship more as a partnership, I would help my little with fractions but her optimism and grit were something I wanted to emulate. I volunteered with BBBS for one more year before I decided to work more closely with the migrant community.

Aguilera-Gonzalez on an Immersion Project in the Dominican Republic (Photo provided)

Aguilera-Gonzalez on an Immersion Project in the Dominican Republic (Photo provided)

As a child of immigrants, I have always felt extremely connected to this work. I started to volunteer as a tutor for 21st Century PASOS. There I was able to learn more about how much I loved helping people discover their potential. I would have never been able to have this experience without the amazing partnerships that CPS has with the Gettysburg community.

As my experience at Gettysburg is coming to an end, I have been reflecting a lot and I cannot imagine my four years without CPS. This is only one part over everything CPS has offered me. Thanks to CPS I have been on three immersion projects (March makes four) through which I have visited three countries.

Stay tuned to learn more about the way in which CPS has changed my life!

This is the first installment of a multi-part series on the Center for Public Service at Gettysburg College.

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Author: Annette Aguilera-Gonzalez

Annette Aguilera-Gonzalez '18 is an Economics major and Business minor who writes for The Gettysburgian's Features section. She is involved with the Center for Public Service and Smart Woman Securities and is an Admissions Tour Guide and Ambassador with the Refugee Action Committee Public Relations Chair. Her hobbies include reading and traveling.

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