Where do you volunteer, and how long have you been volunteering?
I have been an inpatient volunteer since September 2010.
What is your educational background and future career interest?
I just graduated from the University of Minnesota with a B.A. in Child Psychology, and I am working to become a Certified Child Life Specialist.
What brought you to Children’s as a volunteer?
When I was researching how to become a Child Life Specialist, I saw that a lot of hospitals prefer students who have had some experience working with children in a hospital setting, so I thought that Children’s Hospital would be the perfect place to volunteer.
What kinds of things do you enjoy doing when you’re not volunteering?
I love hanging out with my friends here, and talking to my friends and family in Egypt. I like to travel, even though I do not get to do it often. I go to Egypt once every couple of years to see my family–which is not often enough, if you ask me! I have also traveled to several states, and the tourist in me has a tendency to take pictures of everything in sight! I do love being in Minnesota, though, when the weather is nice enough to take walks everywhere.
I enjoy watching movies and television (Glee and Law & Order are pretty much the best shows on-air right now). I listen to all types of music, and am trying to learn how to play the guitar and piano simultaneously. Let’s just say that I am better at one instrument than the other–it’s not an easy task! And now that I am out of school, reading has become fun for me again. One of my favorite pastimes, though, is relating every single bizarre or ridiculous thing that happens to me (which happens quite often) to a Seinfeld episode.I swear there have been times when I thought I definitely could have been on that show!
What do you enjoy most about volunteering?
There are so many things! The people I volunteer with are so friendly and fun to be around. I especially enjoy being around kids. The one thing that surprised me most when I started volunteering here was to find how resilient most of the children are, considering that they are in a hospital. Whenever I visit them, they are upbeat and filled with energy; all they want is for someone to play with them. And who can forget the babies? They are just too cute!
Volunteering at Children’s Hospital has been an amazing experience so far, and I am happy to be part of such an awesome team!
Thank you so much for your great work, Basmah! We’re so happy to have you on our team, too!