Serving Your Heart

By Isabel Moya | February 4, 2014 | Leave a Comment


Serving Your Heart

With one of the children I met while on an east St. Louis mission trip

I grew up surrounded by a community that focuses on serving one another. When I learned that Campbell University also shares the same passion for service, I knew I would be in a place where I could continue to serve others. The University has numerous opportunities for students to begin building relationships that will last a lifetime. 

As soon as new students get to Campbell, they participate in a service project at Orientation and during the first week of school. Students in the past have packed lunches and helped with Operation Christmas Child packing shoeboxes. There the students have the opportunity to make new friends and meet fellow classmates, as well as help out the community. In my freshman year, I had a professor who also shared a love for serving the local community. We went on a “field trip” to a health clinic, where they provide medical care to underprivileged people who cannot afford to visit a primary care physician or who feel uncomfortable going to the doctor because they do not speak English. At this clinic, we learned how they provide care and what the living conditions are for some of the patients. After this experience, I got involved with volunteering at a local hospice center, participated in Relay for Life, helped out with a food pantry by serving food to the community, and went on a mission trip that forever changed me.

One of the benefits about being at Campbell is that everyone is willing to share the ways they serve to help you find new opportunities to express your love to the community. Other service projects students can get involved with at Campbell are Relay for Life, Operation Christmas Child, Love Thy Neighbor, Operation Inasmuch, and mission trips. It is amazing to see different organizations and students on camps working together for a day of service. You meet so many different people, learn new skills, and through your experiences, you learn how easy it is to love your neighbor. I have learned and grown so much through my experiences of serving others. The different opportunities of service Campbell provides allow you to keep your heart and soul healthy. Service can help you be an individual who has a tender love for others, while providing hope to someone in need. Your smallest actions can leave a mark in the community and forever change the heart of one person.


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Meet Isabel Moya


Isabel Moya

Major

Clinical Research

Year

Senior

Hometown

Laurel, MD

My Story

People often ask me how I found out about Campbell University.  It was by chance that I found Campbell.  I was researching schools in North Carolina that also had a pharmacy school.  After my research, I decided why not? I was willing to take the risk even without visiting.  Campbell was the first school I applied to and my first acceptance into college.  After visiting other schools I applied to, none really appealed to me.  I narrowed it down to two schools, and when I finally visited Campbell, I was in love.  It was perfect! I had found a home away from home.  That was when I decided to go to the school that had found me.
 
I come from a family with a unique background. My parents are from Puerto Rico and Cuba.  My father is the cook of the family, and my mother is the baker.  When at home, I love waking up in the mornings to loud salsa music playing, the smell of my mother’s pancakes, and my father whistling while making his coffee.  This happened quite a lot when it was nearing a birthday.  My birthday parties were not your normal birthday parties.  I remember my twin sister, Cristina saying one year, “The balloons are good, the cake is good, but a PIG?”  My father would spend the time cooking a pig in the backyard, and he would invite all of our friends and family over to the house to eat pig.  Every year, the pig would taste better and better!  I love helping my father cook and not just for the special events.  Over the years, I have gained a love for cooking.  I love to invent and try new recipes and taste my creations.  I love to cook with the music playing and dance along.   Sadly, I am not a chef, but maybe one day I will pick up the family tradition of cooking the perfect pig in the backyard!

My mom and dad are the two most important people in my life, and I am so thankful to have such great parents.  They worked hard to create the perfect family atmosphere for my sisters and me to grow up in.  Every birthday and holiday or weekend, we were surrounded with family, friends, food, dancing, and karaoke.  Every dinner was a family dinner, and there was always a family movie afterwards.  Sharing a room with both my twin sister and my younger sister, only by a year, made that sister  bond even stronger.  On nights when we were not tired, we would stay up and build tents together, talk to each other if we couldn’t sleep, or if one had a bad dream, we would sleep in the same bed comforting one another.  My mother once said that a teacher told her she had never seen three sisters that love each other so much.  I am proud to come from such a great family!

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