Kira Findling

Monday, October 23, 2017

Kira Findling

Interview by: Jonah Fox

October 1, 2017

Kira Findling is an Oberlin College Student. She volunteers with Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Lorain County. Every week she meets up with a fifth grader from Prospect elementary to play battleship, talk about her week, and eat snacks.

Q: Can you tell me what its like to be with that fifth grader?

A: I always miss being around kids when Im here, so its nice to be with someone whos out of the bubble a little bit.

"I think that going to a school is a good way to understand a community..."

Q: You think that this has given you a way in to the community?

A: I think that going to a school is a good way to understand a community, just sort of being in that environment has been really neat.

Q: Does it feel like youre giving back in a way?

A: I think it does because I come from somewhere else and have different experiences from her particularly. I can offer her something different than people whove grown up here so in that way I feel like Im giving something of myself to her and shes giving me something of herself.

Q: Do you think youve found any community through your volunteer work?

A: It makes me feel like more of a resident of Oberlin and less of a visitor because she and I expect something of each other and I have a relationship and a commitment thats outside of my college commitments, so I feel like Im building community with her. Id definitely like to do more, but Im happy with the community she and I have built.

Q: How do you see other students relating to volunteering?

A:Most people I talk to see it as very important, and something we owe to this community because we are visitors and were also residents, so we all need to pitch in and be part of it. Something I really liked about oberlin that drove me here was how many people do community service and I think theres always more opportunities but Ive been really impressed with how much people care.

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