Change for Change

Recently, I was home talking to my family about the school supplies drives we are hosting. My grandparents thought that it was a truly amazing cause, and I’m hoping to get some more supplies from them and their friends. The RAs in Holly and Cypress have also been working diligently to collect supplies, and the drive really feels like it is moving forward. Supplies don’t seem to be an issue, but I can’t help but thinking “How will we raise our necessary money?” Kids are willing to donate their old stuff, but how do we actually get them to give up money?

Sarai and I had an idea. CHANGE for CHANGE.

Together, her and I will roam the sidewalks of USF and educate the community about our cause. We will ask the students we come by for any spare change they might have. Students always have left over money from the food they buy, or the soda machines. The target spots? We will hunt outside of Subway, the Marshall Center, Burger King, and the Library. Cooper hall is another popular spot where students like to study, so we will ask them there. This is where the “Be annoying” tactic will come into play. The more annoying and persistent we are, the more likely students will try to get rid of us by giving us their change.

This past week, I had the opportunity to visit the country of Honduras and watch some of the people there. When we arrived, groups of students were heading to school with large smiles on their faces. Some of them were racing to school, while others energetically walked and hurried the younger students along. This sight was very refreshing and reminded me of the children in Afghanistan. Although Afghanistan and Honduras are different countries on different continents, they had one thing in common: both had students who are eager to learn in order to rise above their current status. While watching these students, I pretended like I was watching the Afghan children, and the smiles these children were wearing on their faces were the smiles of the children whom we have helped.

This experience motivates me to make more change. By allowing ourselves to CHANGE

we are allowing for those in other countries to CHANGE. Our philanthropic efforts, while a small setback to us, are a large leap forward for others in dire need. Our class will turn into a student organization next year, allowing us to work to continue our efforts even though the semester has ended. I think this initiative has shown a large change within each of us who is taking this step. We don’t want to see a temporary change, and we don’t want to only make a difference for 3 months. We want to establish permanency with this cause, and help to make a difference long after our time at USF.  Once again, we see CHANGE for CHANGE.

Change doesn’t just exist monetarily and externally, but it exists internally as well. The change we collect, the motivation we feel, and the initiatives we take are all ideas of change that lead to changes in others.  So ask yourself this, will you CHANGE to help others CHANGE?

 

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About Kati Fratesi

My name is Kati Fratesi and I am a senior at the University of South Florida, majoring in Psychology and focusing on leadership studies. I am an active member of many campus organizations, including Delta Gamma Fraternity, Center for Leadership and Civic Engagement Leadfellows and the National Society for Leadership and Success.
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