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Points of Departure: “Connected” through Service

Tré Pina (CAS’15)

A self-described Type A personality, Tré Pina (CAS’15) knew from the moment he saw BU that this was the school for him. He applied for early decision, and eager to begin his college experience after being accepted, he signed up for the summer’s first Orientation session.

His decision to take part in the First-Year Student Outreach Project (FYSOP) turned out to be life-changing in many ways. That week of volunteer service before classes began introduced him to a group of people who would become close friends, and it influenced his decision to minor in women’s, gender, and sexuality studies.

Pina’s first experience with BU’s Community Service Center (CSC) led to other roles within the organization, including FYSOP staff leader, Children’s Theatre program manager, Global Day of Service committee member, Empowerment League peer leader, and Alternative Service Breaks coordinator.

In each of those roles, Pina says, he engaged in “reflections,” a formal process that CSC members undertake to contemplate their motivations for deciding to commit to service, and the impact of that service on their environment and community.

“These reflections and service just made me think about the changes that need to happen,” he says. “They were vital to my own growth.”

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Alan Wong

Alan Wong can be reached at alanwong@bu.edu.

3 Comments on Points of Departure: “Connected” through Service

  • Jean on 05.05.2015 at 9:17 am

    End of year Points of Departure videos are always so well done & uplifting. To this 2015 impressive graduate: Tre Pina- you are delightful. Congratulations. The world is lucky to have you!

  • Jenny on 05.05.2015 at 10:56 am

    Congratulations Tré!

  • CSC Alum '13 on 05.19.2015 at 11:42 am

    I find the impact of the Community Service Center to be remarkable! Each year, I make a small donation specifically to the CSC as a thank you for how the center can transform perspectives of individuals like Tré and I. The combination of service and social justice really does open up dialogue and reflection in a meaningful way. I believe that this truly sticks with you throughout your life as well. When I look back at my time as a student at BU, I feel strongly that I was most impacted through immersing myself in experiential learning, particularly through community service.

    I hope that you continue to live out the CSC’s mission in your postgraduate life too, Tré.

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