Where do you volunteer, and how long have you been volunteering?
I have been volunteering at Children’s since the spring of 2008. I have volunteered on the 3rd floor, in the NICU, as a float [on the inpatient units], and am currently volunteering in Surgery.
What is your educational background and future career interest?
I will be graduating this summer from the University of Minnesota with my B.A. in Psychology & Biology, Society, & the Environment. I am currently studying for the MCAT and will be applying to medical school. I hope to have a career in a pediatric specialty.
What first brought you to Children’s as a volunteer?
I decided to volunteer at Children’s because I wanted to explore my interest in pediatrics.
What kinds of things do you enjoy doing when you’re not volunteering?
Outside of volunteering, I enjoy spending time with my friends and family. I love doing anything outdoors (when it’s warm!); in the winter, I settle for shopping. I also enjoy traveling.
What do you enjoy most about volunteering?
The thing that I enjoy the most about volunteering is being able to make a difference for a child or family. No matter how sick a child is, they still just want to play and be a kid. Some children have physical limitations due to their illnesses, and I enjoy the challenge of finding a way to adapt their favorite activity so that they can do it in spite of their limitations. I also enjoy interacting with patients’ families. Having a sick child or sibling can be very stressful; being able to provide a break to tired parents or distraction to a sibling to make this otherwise difficult experience better is extremely rewarding for me.
Thank you so much, Christin, for making the hospital experience better for so many patients & families!