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iEmphasize: An Eye-Opening Experience

There are many Belle events that are lighthearted and fun. And then there are others that enable you to confront some of the grave injustices in our world. And I think it's critical that any service organization have both. That's why I am so grateful that one of the Women's Leadership events offered this Spring was a visit to the iEmpathize exhibit on the horrific realities of human trafficking and sexual exploitation, particularly of young women and girls. Although it was conveniently located on campus, stepping into the exhibit felt like I was stepping into another world.

The iEmpathize exhibit was really heavy, and was a lot to take in. I felt like, for the time I was there, I stepped out of my own bubble of worries and stepped into a much deeper problem. As the exhibit puts it, I truly empathized by stepping into another person's suffering. And there was so much suffering. I am familiar with trafficking, however, for some reason the combination of videos, photos and…

And We Danced (for 26 Hours)

Dancin' On A Saturday Morning

Over the last three years that I have been in Belles, I have been blessed with the opportunity to volunteer with countless of groups and organizations. Each and every one have them has opened my eyes to a new cause and widened my perspective. My favorite, however, would have to be SOAR. SOAR, also known as Saturday Opportunities for Adaptive Recreation, teams up with the Wooden Center to work with teens who have disabilities to inspire and promote fitness, build self confidence, and provide fun! Every Saturday, a group of our girls, get to buddy up with these teens and participate in an activity with them. My most memorable activity was the dance workshop we had where we all learned different choreographed dance moves and tried to put them all together. Let me preface this by saying that by no means am I a dancer. Most of us weren't. However, the teens had a sense of exuberance and enthusiasiam to learn that was so infectious and rubbed of on us all. By the end, we were all laughi…