Simi Takes Charge

Simi recently began their AmeriCorps service year with UMB Cure Scholars Program in Baltimore City.  

What are some things that are good to know about you?  What are you proud of?  What are some good tidbits to know about you?

I was born in Nigeria and immigrated to the United States with my parents and older brother. I am the second oldest of four. I am proud that I was lucky enough to be chosen serve with the UMB CURE Scholars Program and I cannot wait to start. In college, I was on the track and field team, and was also a Resident Assistant for 2 years.

Why are you doing a term of service with Volunteer Maryland and AmeriCorps?  What motivated you to apply and accept this challenge?

I am doing a service year because I felt a little burnt out after undergrad, and I have a long graduate program ahead of me, so I wanted to take some time away from school. The summer before my senior year of college, I interned at the Governor’s Office on Service and Volunteerism and got to know a couple of people in the Volunteer Maryland office. I promised that if I could, I would come back to be part of the AmeriCorps family at one point or another. Everything worked out after I graduated, so I was able to commit to a full year of service. I am always someone who is trying to give back or help out in whatever way that I can, so I feel like this was the best way for me to do so.

What are you hoping to gain from doing this?  What skills are you looking to gain?  How does this fit into your long-term goals?

I am hoping to develop better organizing and leadership skills. As well as a chance to work with like-minded individuals who are just as, if not more, passionate about positive social changes and helping others out. By being a Volunteer Coordinator I will be put in several different types of leadership roles, which will hopefully help me become a better, kinder leader.

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