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Graduation Blog: Allison Zaucha

Read our recent interview with Allison Zaucha, who has recently graduated from East Carolina University in North Carolina. Allison is Givology's former PR Director and we loved having her on board! To read about how volunteering with Givology has shaped Allison's future and how her major will impact the wider community, read our interview below.
[b]Where did you attend university?[/b]
[b]Allison Zaucha:[/b] East Carolina University, Greenville NC
[b]What did you study at university?[/b][b] [/b]
[b]Allison Zaucha:[/b] Business Management and Art with a focus in photography
[b]How has volunteering with Givology shaped what you want to do in the future?[/b][b] [/b]
[b]Allison Zaucha:[/b] Volunteering with Givology really allowed me develop my leadership skills by example of the founders of Givology and by the freedom to put forth ideas. Givology and the fantastic team really give interns a chance, and if you are ready to make a change or put forth an idea....they definitely listen. It is unlike many organizations and company's where top management dictate the rules and structure of the organization. Givology really listened to my input and ran with some of my ideas that I had for the organization. To put it simply, Givology was a crucial step in helping me become a better leader. Through Givology I was able to interact and work with incredibly talented people across the world on the Givology team. I also could see the difference that I was making for other people's lives which was so rewarding. The transparency of the organization is a fantastic model not only for the recipients of the education, but also for all the volunteers.
[b]How do you think your chosen major will help you impact your community and the global community?[/b][b] [/b]
[b]Allison Zaucha:[/b] I feel that through my major and minor I have gained the necessary tools to give back and give back properly. I have hopes of going on and doing documentary photography globally. I am very passionate about creating images through photography to capture other peoples' stories and sharing it with the world. I really feel that my business degree will help in terms of selling and promoting my photography as I go on to market my images, but more importantly share the stories of the people in the images. I feel that through the camera I really have a chance to make a difference in many different communities. This past month I did a series on the cooks that I work with at a local North Carolina restaurant, The Scullery. The work was featured in the establishment and it brought honor and glory to the cooks whom are artisans of the kitchen and don't always receive the glory. I feel driven to using my business degree and art to propel me forward to travel and document different cultures.
[b]What is the greatest lesson you've learned from working with Givology that you will carry with you in the future?[/b][b] [/b]
[b]Allison Zaucha:[/b] There have been many lessons that I have learned from Givology, but one that particularly stands out would have to be when you work hard and utilize your skills and passions you can help not only yourself, but so many people around you and throughout the world. While in school so often we become focused on the "here and now" and the exam deadlines that it is easy to forget what is important. Working with Givology for such an incredible mission taught me how important it is to make giving back a priority, and when I say giving back, I don't mean just donating money in a charity jar. I have really come to learn that other people aren't charity and everyone deserves respect. By working to build educations and development for kids, Givology does more than most organizations could dream of. I couldn't be more grateful for my time working with Givology and I hope to volunteer with them again in the future.

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