Building on her experiences from high school, much of Nell’s freshman year was spent working with education nonprofits, and though she has explored volunteering in other realms, she always finds herself returning to schools. Nell has volunteered at The Martha O’Bryan Center and Fannie Battle in East Nashville for much of the past three years.
In July of 2013, Nell spent five months studying and volunteering in Cape Town, South Africa. Here she tutored math to middle school children in local townships and worked with an organization called Ndifuna Ukwazi that is focused on tackling social injustices in Cape Town. With this organization, Nell was fortunate enough to visit some of the most impoverished townships and learn about the vast inequalities that the nation struggles with. This was a profound experience for Nell as she was able to apply her major, Public Policy with a focus on inequality, to real life interactions.
This past spring, Nell took on a new role of a delegator and organizer when she stepped into the role of philanthropy chair for her sorority. Though more of a “behind the scenes” position, Nell has found it very fulfilling to help other girls find opportunities to engage with the larger Nashville area. From this role she also helped to organize events to raise money for mental health awareness, as well as for Court Appointed Special Advocates, an organization that helps foster children navigate the court system. She continued to work with Students Consulting for Non-Profits, consulting for the organization ImpactHub. This summer Nell was eager to fulfill her summer project, working for an education nonprofit in New York City called The Future Project, specifically helping them to expand their programming into more schools and cities throughout the nation.