The Symposium was very different from what I had expected. My favorite part during my duration was learning about the amazing work Chloe King and Dylan Tally have done over the past couple of years starting Last Call and CEC. I found it amazing how integral you could make civil engagement in everyday work, as opposed to something done on the side. I was very impressed with the two companies' growth despite them being only a couple years in its development. The amount of dedication exhibited by Dylan and Chloe towards community improvement is inspiring and left me in awe. The panel discussion brought up a good point I had never considered before -- some businesses do not engage with the community as much as their respective counterparts, which is something very important to me.
I also listened to Hannah talk about her time with A Wider Circle, a nonprofit that works to combat poverty and the issues that arise with it. Hannah hasn't volunteered there long, but she's found the work to be very impact full and intends on returning next semester. One of her favorite workshops she helped with was resume improvement. This piqued my interest as resume workshops are not readily available to older generations without the proper resources to take advantage of them.I admire what a Wider Circle is doing and I truly hope they can achieve their goal.
My experience in the mini market today was comparatively different than as a part of the tidy up crew. I got to interact with participants and other volunteers. Although I wasn't always doing something, I was more social. Overall a very positive experience.