1. How did you use any skills or knowledge from your time at APSU (from classes, student organizations, etc…) while volunteering on your alternative break trip?
I did not necessarily use skills learned from APSU during my alternative break trip. Since we were sorting, tagging, and organizing clothes, I was able to use my newly learned retail skills. I was able to give the owner a new way to tag the clothes. Normally they would tag the clothes on the side, leaving the tags hanging out and looking unorganized. I was able to show them how to tag the clothes from the back and tuck the tag to give an organized uniformed looked. After tagging the clothes, we were able to put them out on the floor. I also used my organizing skills. We had to take the clothes out of the boxes, and sort them in bins based on size and gender. I also came out of my comfort zone completely when we had to hand out drinks to the runners. I am not a loud speaker, so yelling out what drink I was holding was not my thing. But I did it anyway and had a blast encouraging the runners.
2. Looking back on your experience, in what ways have you personally developed & learned from this experience that will help you in the future?
Looking back on my trip, I learned that team work, makes the dream work. The people I worked with were awesome. By working together, we were able to clear out an entire corner and a room. Tagging clothes of have taken forever if one of the other volunteers had not helped. We would not have gotten as much done if it were not for each of us lending a helping hand. We used our own knowledge as well as each others to sort, tag and organize the donated items. We were able to do everything with decency and order because we worked together. Though we all came from different backgrounds, ages, and majors, together we got the job done.