All students at Saint Louis University love giving back to the community. We don’t learn to only further our careers, but to improve society as a whole.This is done in many ways — classes have service learning components, clubs devote time at non-profit organizations together, and people go out to volunteer simply for fun!
Before moving in to the university for the first time, I assumed that I may have to give up several of my hobbies such as dance, piano, and flute. However, little did I know that SLU would allow me to integrate service and my hobbies into my college schedule.
I first started by participating in cultural programs around campus. Word got out to the St. Louis community that I perform Odissi (a very unique Indian dance form, and one of the oldest styles in the world).
I was given the privilege to perform with the Kuchipudi Arts Academy of Dance and a ballet troupe from California for a fundraiser benefiting The Pablove Foundation. After classes nearly every day, I went to practice in the suburbs of St. Louis. We performed a fusion dance with different Indian styles and ballet technique. It was incredible, and we managed to raise more than $14,000 for pediatric cancer research!
I’m so glad I came to SLU because I am encouraged to work with people at school and around the city. After dancing for charities (and through my other volunteering activities), I have a new-found passion for making a difference in any way I can.