My favorite Freshmen LEAD trip is when we went to Churchill Downs for a service trip.
We took a bus trip to Churchill Downs and worked with children from disenfranchised communities, mostly immigrant children, for service for the day. I loved it because there aren’t many times when all of the LEAD gets together - people have to miss meetings or events sometimes - so, it was nice to see everyone together.
There was a lot of bonding that happened that day too. It was early in the year, so everyone was still getting to know each other. For example, one of the kids schooled a LEADer in Jenga. For some reason, we all bonded over that. We made pancakes together, and I had time to talk to LEADers who I had never really connected with before.
I got to see some of the LEADers shine in ways I knew they were capable of. I saw it on their application, but it was totally different to see it in action. We were in awe. There was a piano there, and some of them were so talented as they were playing on it and singing to the kids. I got to watch one speak fluent Spanish to one of the children.
Overall, it was a great way to actually serve and see the community. Even on the bus ride there, I think some of the LEADers eyes were opened as to the need for service all around us. That’s what made it my favorite.
Freshmen LEAD embodies service and leadership to engage incoming first year students with the campus and Louisville community.
Programming: Heba Qaissi
Service: Yelena Bagdasaryan