Kelsey is from Niskayuna, New York. She attended Villanova University where she studied nursing and minored in Spanish. This year she will be living in San Diego, California and serving at the St. Vincent de Paul Village Family Health Center as a nurse. Kelsey is looking forward to seeing if the West Coast truly is the best coast.
I, Kelsey Goldstoff, commit myself to be an Augustinian Volunteer, to serve and live for the next year keeping the Augustinian values of service, spirituality and community at the forefront of my experience.
Share one of your favorite quotes.
“I am not afraid, I was born to do this.” -St. Joan of Arc
How did you develop a passion for service?
I started doing service in middle school when it was offered as an after-school option. Throughout high school and college my passion for service grew and I had more and more opportunities to partake. I especially enjoyed being a part of COV at Villanova, which was a service group that allowed me to tutor adult students in English. I had never done ESL tutoring before, but I jumped right into it and got to know the students well, and I really developed a passion for it.
Name one of your favorite musical artists.
What’s a favorite book of yours or a recent book you’ve read?
“Kite Runner” by Khaled Hosseini
Share an issue you’re passionate about and explain why.
I feel passionate about the need for accessible healthcare. Every human has inherent dignity and therefore deserves to have their needs met, which includes their health needs. As a nurse, I feel strongly about the value of healthcare. The idea that someone could be turned away from receiving care due to lack of insurance or other materialistic factors, or not have an access to a healthcare facility just seems wrong.
Best moment as an AV to date?
My community recently got a tour of San Diego from an awesome AV alum, and it was a really fun day. We now have a huge list of places that we want to go back to and explore in the city.
What do you like most about living in your new city so far?
The variety of awesome things to do in San Diego really sets it apart. I love that you can go to the beach one day and on a hike the next.
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