By Peter Thompson
Tricia helping a young man with his homework at Charleston's Cannon Street Y
Our first meeting was at Starbucks on Calhoun Street and we simply exchanged numbers and got a feeling of each other’s personalities. The more I got to know Tricia the more impressed I was with her enthusiasm. Tricia said that she grew up in a neighborhood where YMCA wasn’t in her community. As a result she strongly believes a lot of people from her area were uneducated.
ABOUT TRICIA CASE..Hometown: Dallas, Tex.
Major: Arts Management
Graduation: May 2011
Volunteer Activities: I along with a few other College of Charleston students volunteer a few times a week at the YMCA on Cannon Street, tutoring and playing with the children after school. In a typical I go up to the YMCA three to four days a week. I typically take Friday off because I play softball.
What do you enjoy most about community service? I really enjoy helping out the children. Nothing excites me like the look on their face when they figure out a math problem, or simply finish their homework. It gives me a sense of satisfaction to know that I can help others grow and learn. It really is one of the best feelings to know that you have helped some of the more unfortunate kids in our community. I get a great sense of satisfaction doing this and I plan to continue to help kids with my career.
How do you think your friends and family would describe you? I think they would all describe me as very caring and nurturing
What would you tell someone who is thinking about volunteering? I would tell them that they really won’t know how good it feels until they try it. Several years ago I had no idea that a little volunteer work could change how I felt that day. It will give you a sense of satisfaction knowing that you have helped someone else.
What has been your most memorable volunteer experience? My most memorable experiences have a lot to do with the sorority that I am involved in. I am a member of the Delta Delta Delta sorority and have had numerous fun experiences with my sisters. I also have a lot of good memories working at the YMCA. Playing basketball or duck duck goose with the little ones brings a smile to my face every day.
What are your plans after graduation? Well I am not positive, but I would like to be able to continue to work and help children. I believe I could make a great social worker or something along those lines. Law School is always in the back of my head as well.