Like many meaningful personal or professional experiences, a year of service as an Augustinian Volunteer impacts individuals in different ways and can continue to make an impact for years to come. Some AVs enter the year with a very specific career path in mind. For them, the year may be a steppingstone on that path. Many others enter the service experience hoping to gain a better sense for what path they wish to pursue in the future. They gain experience in a new sector and learn more about their professional strengths and weaknesses. Regardless of the mindset of the incoming volunteer, a year of service can be illuminating, shedding light on a passion or skill they didn’t know they had.
San Diego 07-08
In my AV experience, I worked as a nurse at St. Vincent dePaul in San Diego. This experience inspired me to further my career as a nurse practitioner, and work in a community-based setting, as I observed the role the NP had in the clinic setting and in the lives of their patients. I now work as a nurse educator, preparing nursing students and nurse practitioner students to practice in the community setting. I share my experiences from St. Vinny’s with my students all of the time, in an effort to cultivate empathy and advocacy, and their understanding of social justice, and social determinants of health.
San Diego 17-18
My AV experience allowed me to realize what type of work that I wanted to be continuing to do throughout my life. This opportunity increased my perspective and world view which has shaped my career ambitions.
Working with high school students as a campus minister I realized how much I loved working with adolescents and journeying with them through life. It also gave the opportunity to see the unique challenges that young folks face and made me more comfortable talking with students about mental health. My time as an AV informed my choice to pursue masters level work in theology and social work and I find myself pulling on experiences from my volunteer year often in classes and in internships.