The power of Niagara University is stepping outside of your comfort zone to advocate for social justice. It’s using shaky fingerspelling to communicate with the deaf man at the soup kitchen who has no one else to speak on his behalf. As the Vice President of ASL club, I had the opportunity to collaborate with SVDP and send student interpreters for him every week. Students truly do have a say in their own learning experience.
One of my favorite things about Niagara is the passion students have for this school. If anything, the Community Advisor position has taught me that I must be able to put aside my own problems to attend to the spontaneous midnight crisis and 4am lockouts. The opportunities at Niagara are endless, and I am blessed to be involved in student life as the President of Delta Epsilon Sigma, an Orientation Leader, tour guide, teacher’s assistant, NUB peer mentor, and co-founder of Dance Crew.
The past two years at Niagara have shown me the importance of reaching out to those who have less. Through the Vincentian Scholarship program, I volunteer at an emergency youth shelter in Niagara Falls in where teenagers live temporarily to escape abusive households. Every Friday afternoon I arrive with a craft and changed perspective. The kids have entirely different life experiences, but their youthful joy tells me that there is more to a person than his or her past. Above all, the power of Niagara is seeing the best in those who don’t believe in themselves.