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Congratulations to Carolyn Noll from Baldwin-Wallace College and Columbia University

Scholarship Essay Question

Share a personal story of how you learn outside of the classroom.

  Carolyn's Essay

Of the experiences that I have had outside of the classroom the most meaningful have been learning through service. Last year I traveled to Florida with a group of peers to rebuild the Hunger Education and Resources Training (H.E.A.R.T) Insititute after Hurricane Charley. H.E.A.R.T is a missionary training facility where those hoping to work with world hunger learn about small animal husbandry, heating and cooling, and food growth and preparation. We repaired buildings, moved wreckage, cut down trees and planted new ones to make H.E.A.R.T operational again. My experience here was more than just the manual labor--meeting the staff that live and work at H.E.A.R.T. and feeling their passion was inspirational, as was the experience with my peers. Reflecting on H.E.A.R.T’s mission, and growing as a group was invaluable. The following Thanksgiving, I led a trip to work with hunger and homelessness issues in New York City. This time, I made all service and travel arrangements, selected a group of my peers to participate, and developed my leadership skills. I was the one to facilitate reflection discussions about the experience, and I was responsible for the navigation and safety of the group. I grew significantly through these experiences, and making service and leadership opportunities available to others will be the foundation of my career.

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