How I Joined HEAL.
HEAL AT UF
It’s story time, folks, so sit back and read a story about how I ended up joining HEAL. But first lemme take a selfie.
It was the summer before my sophomore year of college. Being in Gainesville, taking classes, and spending all of freshman year studying and hanging out with the girls on my dorm floor (shout-out to Simpson 4th floor), I decided it was a good time as any to get involved on campus. One day, while surfing the UF class page, I noticed a (what we now call a “plug”) post about an organization on campus. They were going to be at a huge tabling fair that was going on that week so I decided I would go see their table that day.
Fast forward to the tabling fair… I see this table. And this table had a tri-fold. And this tri-fold had a word on it. And the word was HEAL in big letters. I forgot what the name of the organization from the facebook post was, but I remembered that it had the word “HEAL” in it. So I went to the table. And the nicest girl started talking to me (s/o to Lian Valdez)! She was really nice and made me feel really comfortable, so when she told me that this organization was having a GBM the following Tuesday, I decided I’d go.
It was only at the GBM that I realized that this wasn’t the organization I saw on the post on facebook. But am I ever grateful for that one instance when I forgot.. If it wasn’t for that moment, I might never had walked into that first GBM during the summer. I probably wouldn’t have volunteered at Guardian Angels or with Noah’s Endeavor or been to a Health Panel. I probably wouldn’t have gone to Ecuador on a mission trip, and I definitely wouldn’t be president. But more importantly, I might never have met so many people that would have changed my college career. People that let me complain when an exam was hard or buy me food when I’m broke. People that always remind me that I am capable of more than I think. People that remind me that I can accomplish my goals and follow my dreams.
So long story short. Even if you don’t think HEAL is for you, take one chance. You might be surprised at what you discover or how something that seems so small can change your life. With that said, I wish you the best of luck this semester and this year!