My name is Emily Lu and I am a rising senior at Langley High School and an active participant in my school’s orchestra, music honor society, and math honor society.
Outside of school, I volunteer at my local Chinese school as a teacher assistant and sometimes work miscellaneous short-term jobs that I am offered through friends and family, and engage in art, violin, and dance lessons. I have previously worked at a pet hotel and as an auction translator/stand-in bidder, and I sometimes play violin with a small chamber group at a senior center. In my free time I enjoy listening to music and going out with friends.
How did you find Givology and what made you want to join the organization?
I found Givology through a list of internships that my school’s career counselor posted to all the students. I was fascinated with how Givology connected with so many other organizations around the world to focus on promoting education and provide learning opportunities for students around the world. Since education is such a key foundation for development and thinking, I believe that a good education is the best way to ensure a happy and secure future for individuals.
What does Givology’s mission mean to you?/Why is Givology’s mission important to you?
Givology gives so many people around the world more opportunities to discover their potentials and make new connections, and since education is so important to everyone, I believe that Givology not only gives students the resources they need to pursue their education, but also hope and the motivation to give back and give to others.
What do you hope to achieve off volunteering/interning with Givology?
I hope to understand more about people around the world who do not have the luxury to go to school due to their personal circumstances, and help them have access to their privileges while understanding myself a little better as well. I also hope to improve my ability to work with others and brainstorm new ideas, and widen my perspective on the world.
What is your advice to anyone thinking (unsure) about volunteering for Givology?
Everyone in Givology puts so much effort into making a difference in the world, and everyone is compromising and willing to listen to all the ideas that anyone comes up with. Givology is such a great organization to work with if you want to be able to expand your creativity and have opportunities to work with other people. Even if you do not know much about developing new plans or ideas, watching others and working together with them will teach you a lot, so Givology is a great place to start!
What gives you motivation everyday to volunteer?
I think about the new experiences that I will gain from volunteering and the opportunities that I am creating for both myself and others each day that I volunteer. Thinking about how I am able to make an impact, no matter how much, on people around the world makes me extremely happy knowing that I am able to help in some way.
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