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One of the most wonderful things in life is diversity. No human is the same; we all come from different backgrounds. With the waves of diverse cultures we see in the ‘melting pot’ we call the United States, we are fortunate to have exposure to many unique people.
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"By staying inside, I’m limiting the contact they have with others and lower their risk of getting sick. By staying inside, I’m able to talk to patients on the phone to ease their frustrations and anxieties surrounding the whole situation. By staying inside, I’m keeping myself safe so that I can continue to serve my patients."
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"However, you don’t need to go to the internet to see the positivity and support. Here in Pittsburgh, numerous organizations and businesses are attempting to alleviate the great strain that this pandemic is putting on many of our neighbors."
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The language of empathy is not spoken. It is found in the small gestures of kindness, the slightly awkward first encounters, and the smile that says I see you and I am here for you. Throughout my service term, I have learned a lot about real-world empathy. I have gained a deeper understanding beyond the textbook definition that I knew in undergrad.
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I try my best to make each day a little better for vulnerable youth. Serving at a place like JASMYN and coming face-to-face with the consequences of everyday cruelty, ignorance, and bigotry makes it impossible for you not to acknowledge the privileges you’ve been given just by virtue of your own birth.
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