Student Spotlight: Tina ColladoBy Hannah Bunch on October 17, 2016
Tina Collado is a senior at Drury majoring in Art & Secondary Education. She is an active participant on campus, involved in The Vine, Drury Volunteer Corps, Residence Life Association, Panthers for Prevention, and an active participant in Drury events. Outside of Drury, Tina attends Hillcity Baptist Church and her and her siblings volunteer at Paws Adoption Center.
Tina has had a passion for serving others her entire life, “I grew up at a church where serving others was very important. It was so much a part of my youth that I wanted to continue staying involved and serving others in college. That’s why I joined Drury Volunteer Corps,” Tina is a senior advisor on Drury Volunteer Corp, “I wanted to not lose that. I didn’t do it just so I could get some hours or whatever. I just wanted to volunteer to be involved and to not lose that passion I had for volunteering.”
Tina has a huge passion for service and helping others any opportunity she has. She always goes above expectation. Within our office Tina has volunteered to help at events without even being asked. When she sees someone in need she immediately jumps in. Tina adds, “There is this quote I had found on the statue outside of Bay Hall of an alumni David Lewis. It says, 'If you haven’t helped anyone as you go along, then you haven’t really accomplished your mission in life.' I couldn’t agree more.”
What is the most rewarding experience you have had while attending Drury?
“The most rewarding experience would have to be being a part of Residence Life. I am a second year Residence Assistant in Smith Hall and I love everything about it. It’s rewarding to know I get to be there to help make the freshman’s transition into college a smooth one. I love seeing how my residents grow throughout the semester, and see them build community within the hall. I also love working with my fellow RACA staff, because they are like my family. We know how to have fun and we understand when we need to be serious. I love my RACA family, and I love my residents so much. Just getting to be an RA for them is rewarding enough for me.”
Why do you feel it is important to lead and serve within our community?
“It’s important to lead and serve within our community because we each have something to give. Find the place that needs what you have. If you are good at food drives or cooking, find places that need help with food packing or cooking, like Ronald McDonald House. If you have a passion for working with kids, go help out at places like Boys and Girls Club. When you find places that are doing things you love doing, then it will all come naturally.”
What advice/encouragement can you give to Drury students to become more engaged in their community and Drury through service and leadership?
“Just do it! Get out there! Get involved! Be the difference! You will never cross the ocean if you stay close to the shore.”
From Community Outreach and Leadership Development, we want to recognize Tina for her passion and dedication to Drury and our community. Her passion and enthusiasm is contagious.