Maida Pannepacker is from Havertown, Pennsylvania. She attended nursing school at Catholic University in Washington, D.C. This year, she will be working as a nurse at Father Joe’s Village in San Diego, California. Maida is most looking forward to exploring San Diego with her community and encountering new people and experiences.
I, Maida Pannepacker, commit myself to being an Augustinian Volunteer, to fully embrace this year and to bring empathy and compassion to my patients and the community I serve.
What led you to a year of service?
I wanted to do something different after college, something unique that would challenge and inspire me.
One of your favorite quotes
“It’s easy to judge. It’s more difficult to understand. Understanding requires compassion, patience, and a willingness to believe that good hearts sometimes choose poor methods. Through judging, we separate. Through understanding, we grow.”
What song can you listen to over and over again?
“Believe” by Cher
Favorite book or a recent book you read
On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong
Who or what inspires you most?
Random acts of kindness inspire me. They are often simple on the surface but have the potential to mean a great deal. Small kindnesses give me hope.
Best moment as an AV to date
One of the best moments as an AV so far has been sitting in the backyard and eating tacos together.
What do you like most about living in your new city so far?
I love exploring all the outdoor adventures that are so close by in San Diego. I love that with every walk or outing I go on, there is a cool, new site to explore.
One word that describes your community-living experience thus far