When some people think of New York City, the images of tall buildings, taxi cabs and celebrities come to mind. For Claire Schroeder, a History/ English major, NYC was a wakeup call to serve others.
With classmates in the IDS (Interdisciplinary Studies) course, Claire traveled to NYC to experience different aspects of the United Nations. It opened her eyes to needs beyond her own life experiences. “I learned about supplies that the United Nations sends to nations with malaria problems and I talked with NGOs about stopping human trafficking. I realized how much good so many people do for the sake of others.” After returning to campus, she looked for a service project and chose work at a local food pantry. “I loved it from the first minute.”
Realizing that she could fit service into her school and work schedules, Claire took advantage of the Plus One credit option that awards one free credit for involvement in service as part of a class.
Service to others is a core value of the mission of a Mount education. Claire says, “the service work that I do reflects the values and character of the Mount by incorporating learning and life as well as emphasizing respect and concern for people of all backgrounds. The Plus One credit option gave me another reason to become involved in service.”
- Name: Claire Schroeder
- Major: History/English
- Year: Senior
- Campus Involvement: DateLine editor, Honors Program