FINDING OUT WHO I NEED TO BE: SERVICE LEARNING AND ENGINEERING
BY KAELEY IPSON, RVCC '19, CIVIL ENGINEERING
The words of Mahatma Gandhi, "the best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others," really resonate with my own experiences. Entering Raritan Valley Community College, I didn't know who I was, what I liked, or what I wanted to do. Despite my lack of personal clarity, I was fortunate enough to have so many opportunities and professors at RVCC that motivated me to serve others. And though I didn't know it at the time, these experiences helped me discover my own passions in life.
I was part of an RVCC team that manufactured "illuminut" shake-lights, whose profits were donated to a local food pantry. Through my experience with Enactus' hydroponics project, I donated fresh produce to the pantry; empowered others to learn about growing healthy, affordable food; and donated hydroponics systems to local residents. During my leadership roles in Enactus and the Society of Women Engineers, I oversaw several community service projects that helped people in all stages of life. And through my service, I found my passion for engineering, my love for educating, my ability for leadership, and a lifelong hobby for hydroponics.