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Roadrunners active in the community, campus and classroom are often rewarded with opportunities that help them make the most out of their college experience. Don’t be afraid to try new things, we’re all Roadrunners here.

The UTSA Day of Service (pictured on the right) is an annual tradition where Roadrunners come together to give back to the San Antonio community by engaging in service projects for the city and local nonprofits. In 2018, over 800 Roadrunners volunteered more than 1600 hours of service revolving around numerous themes such as animals, arts and culture, children, educational, environmental, and youth programs.

Staying Active in the Community

During E’Mon’s freshman year, she joined UTSA’s largest student volunteer organization, VOICES. VOICES is known on campus for helping UTSA students find meaningful volunteer opportunities within the San Antonio area. They’ve partnered with local nonprofits like Girls on the run, St. PJ’s Children’s Home, Haven for Hope and the Food Bank, to name a few.

After two years of serving with them, she became an executive board member and later president. E’mon’s served and partnered with nearly every major nonprofit in San Antonio, inspiring her to one day start her own nonprofit for women who have experienced violence or sexual abuse.

Staying Active in the Classroom

Olivia always wanted to become a teacher. As an interdisciplinary studies major, she began her first semester of student teaching at Highland Park Elementary in spring 2017. Once a week for the entire semester, Olivia spent the whole school day with the same class where she made observations, implemented lessons and assisted the teacher.

It was a new world to Olivia, and she was completely out of her comfort zone. However, it was also her favorite semester of college. The hardest part was when it ended because Olivia felt like the students had become her own. She built such strong connections there, that she even went back and volunteered outside of her required teaching hours.

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