Sometimes all the cards fall into place and the stars align. That’s what happened for Katie Revia when she met a representative of Leukemia and Lymphoma Society at the Office of Personal Career Development’s Practical Action Nonprofit/Volunteer Fair last year. After learning about their mission, Revia accepted an internship with the LLS for her business practicum. “I’ve had people tell me before that I would do well in the nonprofit field. And I found a great fit with LLS,” she said. “I looked at it as a giant jigsaw puzzle, and I felt like I was a piece in the the bigger picture of how we fight blood cancer.”
Revia’s work at LLS focused on the organization’s Student Services Department, where she served as a marketing intern. While working this project, she met children the organization refers to as “honored heroes,” kids who are battling and winning the fight against blood cancer. “I met an 8 year-old who could barely pronounce her condition,” she said. “But she knew she was sick and was going to fight and get better. It really makes you put your own life in perspective.”
One project Revia was particularly proud of was a series of videos she created featuring LLS’s Honored Heroes. This video features Maripaz explaining why participating in LLS’s Student Series’ Pennies for Patients program matters.
Revia said that her work/study experience in the Philosophy Department at UD prepared her for administrative tasks, but she also felt that the critical thinking skills he learned at UD helped her in her work at LLS: “I was able to think analytically,” she said. “And use future-thinking insights to tackle problems.”
Perhaps the most valuable thing that Revia learned was that working for a non-profit is an uplifting experience. “I expected that the mood would be dark and depressing–we are dealing with life and death situations,” she said. “But I found the opposite to be true. There was such a sense of hope and courage. If we lost someone, we focused on the legacy they left behind. Your value stays behind after your time on earth.”
Revia’s experience at Leukemia and Lymphoma Society changed her perspective on many things, including her post-graduation plans. “I definitely want to work in the nonprofit sector,” she said. “Whether it’s LLS or other causes I am passionate about, I’ve learned that whatever your affinity, you can make a difference in your community, your country, and the world. Growing professionally while also growing as a person and helping others is the ideal situation for me. One person can make huge ripples.”
If you’re interested in nonprofit work or volunteer service, come to OPCD’s Nonprofit/Volunteer Fair on Monday, October 3, from 11:00am-2:00pm, in the Haggar Dining Room. For more information on internships or community service for credit hours, click here. To make an appointment to speak with an OPCD adviser, click here.