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My name is Jim McDermott and I am a second semester junior at Bloomsburg University majoring in Speech-Language Pathology and I hope to become a certified Speech Pathologist following graduate school. I am thus far really enjoying my college experience, especially through the on-campus organizations which I am a part of. These include Jr. Quota, NSSLHA, and the Presidential Leadership Program, all of which are built on a foundation of giving back to the Bloomsbury community. Many of my favorite moments from college have come from working with my friends within these various groups, and I hope to continue to have fun and give back to the community with my friends through this semester and my senior year!
What does giving mean to you?
To me, giving means being able to provide any kind of help, be it through physically giving something or through giving time, that results in some form of happiness for those that need it, even if it's just a smile on a bad day.
Who in your life most inspires you and why?
That would be my mom. She is the most selfess person I know and raised my siblings and I to always help when it's needed, and even though it can be hard sometimes, she would always remind us that you might have just made that person's day and that you should always treat others as you would treat yourself.
What is the best advice you've ever received?
"The easiest thing to give is a smile. For some people that's the only one they'll get all day, and that might just make the day for them."
What is your greatest achievement to date?
Gaining an executive board position with the Jr Quota Club at Bloomsburg.
Tell us more about your involvement with community service and volunteering.
In the last two years at school, I've done a fair share of volunteer work. My favorites have most definitely been working with my friends at the Relay for Life on campus, and The Big Event in the Bloomsburg community. The Big Event is a way that the students at Bloomsburg can give back to the town by going out and helping the residents with any number of tasks they need, from raking leaves to hanging decorations, to maintaining a garden. Both the Relay for Life and the Big Event are annual occurrences at my school, and I look forward to them each year and can't wait for this year's! Since the Jr Quota Club is only a year old on campus, I'm really hoping to be able to get a group from the club to be a part of both of these events and many more throughout the next year!
Describe yourself in five words.
Hardworking, Dedicated, Caring, Loyal, and Fun-Loving
What does the Givebutter movement mean to you?
To me, this movement embodies my approach to giving back and caring about others around you. You give what you can; whether it's your time, money, voice, or anything else doesn't matter, because whatever you give will make a difference to somebody, and that is what matters. To have this group with like-minded peers all across the country is truly remarkable and makes me proud to be a part of spreading this movement and goodwill with those who are in need of it.