While at Saint Ignatius High School in Cleveland, OH, Kevin found a love for serving the homeless on the streets of Cleveland, as well as for volunteering through a pallbearer service for the indigent and lonely people who had no one to take them to their final resting place. Throughout his first year at Vanderbilt, Kevin continued his service to the homeless and hungry, as well as tested the waters of new service endeavors he did not have the chance to partake in while in high school.
Kevin’s initial reaction on campus his freshman year was very similar to most kids who wanted to get involved. He was made aware of plenty of opportunities to serve, and initially participated in an overwhelming amount of student organizations. As the year progressed, however, he took a deep interest in both global health through the Global Medical Brigades organization and mentorship through Big Brothers Big Sisters of Middle Tennessee.
The highlight of Kevin’s year was his spring break medical brigade to Panama, whereby he helped work at a health clinic that aimed to provide healthcare for the indigent people of the Village of Ipeti Choco just outside the Darien Province. He was able to not only gain exposure to the culture of Panama and a complete different way of living, but he was also able to serve them in a clinical setting by taking vitals, packing medications in the pharmacy, and assisting doctors with consultations. Kevin looks forward to furthering his service abroad in a global health setting.
Kevin is eager to continue his service endeavors next year both on campus and in the Nashville community. He will be serving as secretary of Big Brothers Big Sisters Vanderbilt, where he hopes to continue to publicize to the student body an organization with a truly admirable mission of mentoring and tutoring through deep personal connections with “littles.” He is also looking forward to serving on the board of Grassroots, an organization that he hopes to help make strides in serving the homeless of Nashville.