July 31, 2015

Celebrate young people striving to make a change

National Student Volunteer Week challenges and celebrates young people striving to make a change through volunteering.

Lung Foundation Australia extends a big thank you to the student volunteers currently donating their time, skills and expertise. Our student volunteer efforts contribute enormously to the projects they support across the organisation.

We have showcased two of our student volunteers to help highlight how much of a difference they make through their contribution to Lung Foundation Australia.

Naomi Selhorst is working on several projects with our COPD National Program team including the ‘Have the CHAT’ campaign which is currently being piloted in select locations.

 

Tell us a little bit about yourself…

Naomi Selhorst 300px - socialMy names Naomi, I’m 22 years old and I currently study public health at Queensland University of Technology (QUT). Previously I studied home economics and business teaching. which included a few public health subjects. The subjects really interested me and I realised I had a passion about health, but more specifically preventative health. Changing degrees was the best choice for me. I enjoy what I study and believe its setting me up so I am able to make a difference.

What made you decide to become a volunteer?

I decided to become a volunteer because I have always believed that experience is the key. For me, I have always wanted to make the most of this time as an undergraduate to gain as much experience and also to help out when I can.

How did you become a volunteer at Lung Foundation Australia?

Being in my second year of my degree I knew I needed to start gaining experience outside of uni, so I searched non-for-profit organisations that I was interested in and sent out emails to see if there were any volunteering positions available.

What is the most rewarding part of volunteering?

Not only does it help me professionally but it also helps me grow as an individual. Being able to volunteer in an environment that closely relates to my degree has really helped me to understand the type of work I could do, and also gives me the chance to learn new things. I have found that the staff at the Lung Foundation are all so friendly and willing to always help me when I need, which I find very encouraging.

What are the challenges, if any?

There will always be challenges in everything you do. When challenges do arise I have found that if I struggle to understand something or am finding something hard to do, the staff are always taking their time to help me. At the end of the day, the feeling of knowing you have helped out and achieved something outweighs the challenges that are faced.

How has volunteering helped your studies?

I believe it has helped me to see my assessments realistically. I guess being able to help out first hand has provided me with a different view.

Would you encourage other students to volunteer?

I would 100% encourage any students to volunteer, as I said before experience is the key. Going out of your way to volunteer is rewarding, helps you grow as an individual, helps you learn life lessons and gives you the necessary experience for after university.