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Student testimonial: Cherrelle Woods

Cherrelle Woods

Degree Pursuing:

Bachelor of Science in Human Services with a minor in criminal justice administration, Columbia College Day Campus.  

Expected graduation: 2014.

Extracurricular activities at Columbia College:

Student ambassador (for three years), including one year on the executive board; treasurer and secretary, Committed and Serving Together (CAST), including two years on the executive board; member, science club (for two years); member, Human Services Club; member, Homecoming Steering Committee; executive board member, Alternative Spring Break (one year as a member and one year on the executive board); Emerging Leaders Institute (three-semester committment).

Employer name:

City of Columbia Volunteer Programs, Columbia, Mo.

Internship title:

2013 Heart of Missouri CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) CASA Intern 2012 Youth in Action Intern 

What did you do in that position?

The Youth in Action is a City of Columbia four-month summer volunteer program designed to get kids ages 12 to 15 involved in community activities and organizations, such as the food bank, humane society and the Show-Me State Games. As the Youth in Action intern, I was responsible for advertising the program through a press release, placing ads in the “Columbia Daily Tribune” and the “Add Sheet,” and updating the website. I also contacted several of the participating organizations through phone calls and email to help coordinate activities. I organized four to five volunteering activities set for a combination of weekdays and weekends. I also set up two open-house events for the kids to sign up for the volunteering events that interested them, which gave me the opportunity to meet many of the kids and their parents. The most fun I had was getting out and participating in the volunteering events with the kids. At the end of the program, I organized an award ceremony to recognize the youth for the volunteering hours they completed over the summer.

How was that experience?

This internship was the best and most challenging experience because it matched a job opportunity to my personal and career interests of working with youth and teaching them the importance of volunteering within the community. This was challenging in a positive way because I was in charge of the entire program, which taught me to take initiative and have more confidence in the decisions I made.

What have you learned?

Personally, I learned that I am able to work independently and be more confident in a leadership position. I am now confident in my ability to be a team leader and take charge. I also improved my marketing, communication and customer service skills, as well as my software skills.

What Grossnickle Career Services Center resources did you utilize?

I made individual appointments to work on my resume, cover letter and interviewing skills.

What would you tell other students about your experience with the Grossnickle Career Services Center?

The Grossnickle Career Services Center is the most valuable office on campus. The staff gives you 100 percent of its time and effort, whether that is improving your resume, writing a cover letter or practicing interviewing techniques. There is always room for improvement and the advisors on staff are there to make sure you are successful in your career path.

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