This year when Bridget Dixon attended the annual Adventures in Service Fair at the University Center, her role was different. Instead of being the student examining post-graduation opportunities, it was Dixon, who earned a B.A. in biology in 2007, explaining to current students why they should apply for the PLACE Corps program offered at Loyola Marymount University.
“I’m in my second year of the program right now,” said Dixon, who will complete her master’s degree in education in June through the Catholic teacher education and service program. Dixon attends classes, but she also teaches science and music to sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders at Our Lady of Guadalupe, a K-8 school in East Los Angeles. “At the end of the day, I’m exhausted, but I’m completely satisfied with what I’m doing.”
PLACE Corps was one of 16 organizations at the fair giving students a chance to explore careers in non-profit and government agencies. More than 100 students attended the event on Nov. 13 in hopes of finding an internship, looking for a future job, or simply to contribute to the larger community.
The event was co-sponsored by USD’s Community Service-Learning (CSL), Career Services, American Humanics and University Ministry programs. The focus of this year’s fair, according to CSL director Elaine Elliot, was on local organizations. Elliot, who has been involved with the program since 1995, has seen the event grow and was proud of this year’s turnout. (Full Story Inside USD)