I joined EPG because I took Dr. Hackbert's GSTR 110 class in the fall. It gave me a glimpse of entrepreneurship, and it was much different than I had assumed. To me, anything with entrepreneurship in it sounded like an organization only for business majors. During his class, I learned organizations like EPG are for people who want to make a difference in the world; they're not just business majors. This idea of being a changemaker is what made me apply for EPG. Knowing that my skills in changemaking definitely need some refinement, I joined EPG to build on what skills I have and to develop the skills I do not have. If I am going to serve people, I want to be as well-equipped as I can to meet their needs and not just alleviate the problem. Alleviation helps, but it is like applying a band-aid to a gaping wound. The wound is still going to bleed if a doctor doesn't stitch it shut. I hope to learn how to sew those stitches.
Alexyss (Lexie) Lindsey spent ten weeks in the summer of 2018 as an intern at For His Children in Quito, Ecuador. For His Children is a children’s home with two locations in Ecuador. In total, they care for forty children that are anywhere between newborn to 23 years old. These children have a wide variety of needs, and For His Children provides counseling as well as speech therapy, on-site schooling, and physical therapy to help meet these needs. They also provide a variety of services for the local community, including providing an English camp for children during the summer. As an English teacher at the children’s home, Alexyss created lesson plans and used non-traditional methods to convey information to her students. As an art instructor at the English camp, Alexyss gained experience coordinating resources and adapting to the unexpected. As a Spanish and General Education double major, Alexyss gained experience in translating documents and communicating effectively in the Spanish language. Under the supervision of Jen Schneider, Alexyss received hands-on experience with teaching and translating. Alexyss’ primary advisor was Fred de Rosset.