"Project Achieve helped introduce me to all these different areas, whether it's volunteering, job shadowing or just being involved in the community," he said."I felt so appreciated, recognized and they're like my second family over there. They've done more things for me than I could ever thank them for."
Jimmy Nguyen is majoring in biology with a minor in chemistry and plans to become a pharmacist. Through volunteering, he found a way to gain experience in the medical field and form lasting connections.
During his first semester, he volunteered at Methodist by bringing gift baskets and having conversations with patients to cheer them up. One connection he made formed a lasting bond beyond the hospital.
"I formed a connection with a specific patient. I visited him for about a month before rehabilitation," Nguyen said. "When he went through therapy at another location, he asked me to come with him. So we continued our relationship from there on."
Nguyen encourages other students to get involved in the community and find an organization where they belong. This is a way to make a lasting impact. "The way I see it, I won't be here forever, but the things I do will be," he said.
"You can't be a victim of circumstance. You have to be an instigator of change."
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