A Pebble in A Pond

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A new pebble in a pond

on March 16, 2014

Hello Readers,

As you may know if you have been following my blog since it’s birth, I really believe that everyone makes ripples in life and follow effect others through their actions, thus I named this blog A Pebble in a Pond.

Since I returned to grad school I have been missing the part of my identity that is service. In the Peace Corps, your whole live is serving, and it’s really hard to come back to America where your life suddenly becomes all about you again. Grad school is harder than I expected and time always disappears, and service to others has come in different forms. Today I am excited to share a new journey, of advising others on service.

I am so grateful for the opportunity to take a group of students on the University of Arizona’s Alternative Spring Break Trip. I have the honor of working with 11 students who have worked hard to put together a trip in which we will serve in two locations in San Francisco.

The trip leaders identified two main areas that they wanted to help in SF. First, they wanted to work with Glide, a church that provides food to the homeless. Second, they wanted to work with the aids foundation.

We will be serving at Glide, and focus on serving foods to others. San Francisco has a large homeless population.  According to a recent report by the Business Insider,  In San Francisco, there are 6,436 homeless people and a little over half of them live on the street. If you are interested in serving the homeless in your own area, check out Hungerhomeless.org.

We will also be working with the San Francisco AIDS Foundation that provides free HIV Testing and Counseling. According to the San Francisco AIDS foundation, AIDS is prevalent in SF with over 28,000 residents being diagnosed, making up 18% of the total of all cases of California AIDS.  Their mission: “Reduce the number of new infections in San Francisco because we refuse to accept HIV as inevitable. Through education, advocacy and direct services for prevention and care, we are confronting HIV in communities most vulnerable to the disease.”

In one our meetings I explained to them my own philosphy about being a pebble in a pond, and it inspired a new blog. If you are interested in checking out the trip or meeting some of the amazing students I will work with,  check out:


Thanks for your continued encouragement,



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