Volunteer Spotlight

Grebinkov, SarahSarah is a volunteer at McKinley CASP and is in her third year of volunteering as a tutor with CASP. Sarah started volunteering her freshman year at OU. She is still studying at OU and hopes to go to medical school after graduation. We asked Sarah a few questions about her time as a volunteer tutor with CASP, and this is what she said!

Why did you decide to volunteer for CASP?

“I decided to volunteer for CASP because it looked like a great way to give back to the community and the state that was     providing me with an amazing educational opportunity at OU.”

What has made you want to continue to volunteer? 

 “I have enjoyed getting to know all the kids that I have tutored throughout the semester. I love seeming them build up their confidence and I feel as if I am making a meaningful impact on their lives.”

Do you have any favorite moments to share with me?

“My favorite memory would probably be the very first day of tutoring. I was so excited, and nervous, and didn’t really know what to expect. The student I tutored was also a little hesitant, however we had a great first day and a great rest of the year.”

What do you feel that you have been able to contribute to CASP as a volunteer?

 “I think as a dedicated volunteer I have been able to contribute my dedication and my enthusiasm to the program.”

What have you learned as a volunteer with CASP?

“I have learned the importance of never giving up even at the most daunting tasks. I learned this through all the students I have taught throughout the past three years. No matter how hard they struggle they always seem to push through their troubles and persevere.”

What skills have you built as a volunteer with CASP?

“I have learned to interact and accommodate a variety of different personalities. Listening as well as adjusting to best fit my students needs is another skill I have learned through my volunteer work with CASP.”

What words of advice would you give to a new volunteer?

“I would remind them that no matter how busy you get with school or life, its always important as well as gratifying to make time to help someone else.”

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