Month: November 2017


First Year Student of the Month

School: University of California, San Diego Region: PACURH
Nominee: Braelyn Travis Nominator: Kenichiro Yamaguchi

On-Campus Population: 10700 Chapter Size: 47

Please explain the outstanding contributions of the nominee during the month of nomination

As a Resident Assistant, I advise residents to explore the myriad of organizations in their first year at university. I would like them to feel like they have a community and a place in this university. One of my residents, Braelyn Travis, has extended this mission to change lives outside the university and in schools in the local San Diego area.

Braelyn Travis is currently the Community Representative for my residence hall, Challenger Hall, in Revelle Hall Association. This organization serves to create and provide events to other students living on campus, and residents can develop leadership and event planning skills. She serves on the Fluffy Fall Friends committee and the Picnic in the Plaza committee, two events that focus on building community and reducing stress during Finals week.

Every week on Tuesdays and Thursdays, she goes to Gompers Preparatory Academy and tutors middle schoolers. She wakes up at 6 am to get there by 7:30, and works with the students until 11:30. Even though they are in eighth grade, their previous school had not taught them multiplication. Many of them do not know the basic multiplication facts, for example 3x6 or 4x8. They are going to high school next year, so she works with them to try and catch them up, explaining the tricks of remembering, like the finger rule for nines, or just flat out memorizing with flashcards. She gives them a Multiplication Quiz of 100 problems, and they have to complete it in 5 minutes with 100% for the school to count them as “Multiplication Masters”.

Braelyn is also an active member in Circle K, a volunteer organization. Every week on Tuesday, she also tutors at Reality Changers with Circle K from 5:30 to 9:30 pm. The individuals she works with are in high school, and she tutors them in math and science and helps them develop their Speech Night essay. The program also teach the students about college and life in general, so they lead activities to enforce these ideas, such as commitment and supporting each other. Also, once a month a student from each group has to prepare and give a speech on a set prompt, which helps them with their public speaking and writing abilities.

On Thursdays, she volunteers at SPORTS for Exceptional Athletes with Circle K from 3:30 to 5:30 pm. They play hockey with special needs students, who may have difficulty playing with other children their age. Volunteers lead the children in stretches, drills, and playing the game. They take care to stretch to make sure none of the children injure themselves. Then volunteers do whistle drills with the children, where they have to do a specific movement, freeze when they hear the whistle, and keep going when they hear the whistle again. Some movements are walking in a straight line, walking and spinning every few paces, and jogging. This helps the children with learning to follow instructions and practice basic motor skills. She play games with them, such as a game of hockey and red light green light.

Braelyn helped Circle K flyer on Library Walk to promote Masquerade Ball, a fundraising dance to support the American Association for Suicide Prevention, and sell Cookie Oreo Brownies to raise money for the San Diego Youth Service. In addition, Braelyn was recognized by Circle K Thanksgiving Week for Member Spotlight, where biweekly they choose a member who is very active in the club and more specifically exemplifies the Service tenet and celebrates at their General Body Meeting.

I am proud to be Braelyn's Resident Assistant and see her prosper during her first year.

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Date of entry into database: 2017-12-07 15:32:45

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