Senior, Gabrielle Megias, has been serving her community since her time at Florida State began. As a first year student, Gaby lived in the Social Justice Living Learning Community, and during this program, she came to know the Center for Leadership & Social Change as her home away from home.
Since her freshman year, Megias has been involved in many service initiatives in and around campus. During her time at FSU, she attempted to push herself to serve in a variety of ways including serving as an AmeriCorps VISTA for the College Access Program, an FSU-PACE Community Ambassador, a Leadership Logic Student Coordinator, as well as working with the University Health Center. Some of the work that she has done with University Health Services includes her helping to make programs such as ‘Love Your Body Day’ come to fruition. Gaby has done much service in the area of helping to improve personal appreciation of one’s body, and after having taken a course on Bioethics earlier in her college career; she has decided to work as a medical case worker. She hopes that this position will give her the opportunity to provide emotional support to people who are going through medical turmoil.
Some of the most significant things that Megias has learned from service as an undergraduate student include the fact that there is always something to learn from your service, and that leadership is a relational process. Gaby feels that “if you listen to your desire to serve, then you will inevitably learn along the way,” and she hopes to continue to learn from her service during her post-graduate career.
Written by Amber Johnson