Learn to Express is an amazing community service organization that helps students through tutoring and creative expression classes all for free. It is a spectacular program, but I may be a bit biased considering the fact that I have been working closely with Learn to Express for almost a year. Growing up I had always loved volunteering and helping others; it always brought me joy and a huge smile on my face. I volunteered for a variety of different things, but it was not until Learn to Express that I truly felt as if I’ve made a difference. Learn to Express was the first time that I focused on a specific cause for an extended period of time, and it has taught me so much in what feels like such a short amount of time. Through this organization and managing all the behind-the-scenes events going on, I learned the importance of perseverance, commitment, organization, and most importantly compassion.
As the one year anniversary of Learn to Express fastly approaches --June 17th-- I can’t help but look back at all the amazing memories and experiences I’ve had with this organization. It has truly transformed me as a student, and most importantly as a person. Before the COVID-19 pandemic I had always been fairly reserved and quiet around new people, but I believe that this experience as a leader through Learn to Express has brought me out of my shell. It has taught me that it is important to speak up and share your ideas; additionally, public speaking does not seem as terrifying as it used to before. Through this organization I also have met so many amazing people --instructors, parents, students, directors, and team members.
Our team is what makes Learn to Express such an enjoyable experience. I've learned so much through different perspectives and points of view and all of what we have done so far is the result of team-work. Learn to Express has not only made an impact on me, but also on all the people involved. Students have made new friends and memories through our classes. Teachers have found a love for promoting education and connecting with their students. All in all, I am so happy to be part of something so great and glad to have taken the leap of faith to join as a leader.