Students Serve the City
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- 0:10 My name is Katie Cox. I graduated from Portland State University in the summer of 2010 and I’m planning to be a doctor. In 2009 to 2010 school year, I was part of the Student Leaders For Service and I worked with Special Olympics Oregon during that time. I was the [unclear] manager. I worked with athletes and the local Multnomah County management team to get the athletes signed up and going each season. I did a little bit of coaching and had a great time.
0:40 Student Leaders For Service trains students to be spokespeople for community based learning here at Portland State and we hire students to spend the full year with us, placed at important community partners.
1:03 I’ve really seen, just in the seven years I’ve been teaching, Portland State stepping up and students getting more involved in the community. That it’s way beyond the classroom now, that we see our students, even if it is four hours at an event, getting out there and seeing different pieces of the world and wanting to be a part of that and giving back, I think, to the community makes a big difference.
1:20 It’s a way for me to practically apply what I’m learning in the classroom. So I’m learning all about these science and these conditions. I’m taking genetics, you know, and here in front of me are 500 medical histories of the athletes, you know. I’m able to look through them and kind of pick out important pieces and see a different angle than I’ve ever seen just out of a textbook.
1:42 Working with the Special Olympics and Student Leaders For Service while at Portland State was paramount to bringing my education alive. It really helped me understand what my impact was going to be after I left Portland State and how what I was learning in the textbook applied to real-life situations, so I’m incredibly thankful for the opportunity.