CentreTerm: Quynh Vu ’15 crosses paths with the Red Cross

Posted by Centre News in CentreTerm, News 18 Feb 2014

Quynh Vu ’15 spent January volunteering with the American Red Cross in Worchester, Mass., during Centre College’s CentreTerm. During the short January term, students intensively focus on a single class either on campus or abroad, or, like Quynh, partake in an internship, one of the guaranteed components of the Centre Commitment.

With past experience working for the Red Cross already under her belt, Quynh knew that she wanted to continue to “learn more about the many services” that the organization provides. During her month-long internship she had the opportunity to take training courses, job shadow mental health professionals and work closely with the Director of Disaster Services.

“One of the reasons that I find the Red Cross so amazing is that they are an organization that is comprised of mostly volunteers—people from all walks of life who unite with the goal of picking up the fallen,” she says. “I’ve really been inspired to help those that cannot help themselves in parts of the world that are less fortunate.”

She also credits Centre for helping prepare her for the internship.

“I’ve learned from Centre that the quality of one’s experience is ultimately up to the individual,” she says. “No matter what the program offers, it is the student who ultimately decides whether he or she would like to take advantage of the opportunity. Centre has encouraged me to become an active learner in the work place and the local community they serve.”

By Mariah Pohl ’15

Learn more about internships at Centre.

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