MSU Alumni Office
Jan. 29, 2021
Throughout 2020, Spartans have continued to find creative ways to serve their local communities safely and responsibly. Back in October 2020, the Virtual Fall Day of Service was one example of an opportunity for MSU students to serve virtually. Kaitlyn Thorn, a current MSU student, shared with us her experience of participating in this effort.
Kaitlyn Thorn is an active member of several student organizations including The Orphan Relief Club, Exercise is Medicine Organization and Spartans Rebuilding Michigan Club. Each of these groups aims to create positive change in the lives of those that they target or serve. During the Virtual Fall Day of Service held Oct. 10, 2020, Kaitlyn had the chance to participate in a letter-writing project where she encouraged high school students during these unusual times.
The simple act of writing motivational letters to Everett High School Seniors gives those students a sense of unity from their peers and gives them uplifting words to keep them strong. Many of these seniors are undergoing the college admissions process right now and already have an immense amount on their plate. Reassuring them that everything will work out in the end helps change their mindset about the situation.
When asked what she felt was the most rewarding part of this experience, she responded, “Volunteering is a great way to effect change within the community and reshapes your inner feelings by giving you a sense of purpose. It is so rewarding to see how the smallest act of service can greatly impact the lives of others.” Kaitlyn's act of service is the perfect example of how Spartans can make a difference in the lives of others despite not being able to physically come together.
Don't forget — Global Day of Service is taking place Saturday, April 17, 2021. Interested in learning how you can get involved and make a difference in your community? Visit the event page to learn more.