Lisa Nault '17: Community Service Enhances Lives

March 09, 2017

Lisa Nault

We chatted with Lisa about America Learns!

What's your major at Simmons?

I'm a double major in psychology and communications: media arts

What made you choose Simmons?

Simmons wasn't on my radar when I first started applying to colleges. When I was accepted I toured to see what Simmons was like and instantly fell in love. It had everything I wanted from a college: small but not too small, a great student-to-teacher ratio and a thriving community atmosphere. 

Tell us about your work with America Learns at Mendell Elementary.

When I was a first year I applied for a tutoring position for 1st-3rd graders through the Scott/Ross Center. The children were incredible — so much personality and charm. Even on days where they struggled, I could see how hard they were trying and it was inspiring. After a year of being a tutor, I was promoted to student facilitator. Towards the end of that semester, the director of the Mendell program told me that she was leaving and suddenly I became the director. I learned leadership skills that will be applicable in any career setting.

Applying to the America Learns program is one of the best decisions I've made at Simmons.

What's your favorite part of your work with America Learns?

The children! They are so smart and I know they're going to do great things. I love it when they solve a problem they've been stuck on for a while.

What are some lessons you've learned from community service?

I've learned what true dedication looks like: in my students, my peers and myself. I've seen children continue to work hard on their homework even when they want to hide under a table. I've seen peers remain patient and calm in difficult situations even when they're stressed.

Why is community service so important?

In a world where there are so many atrocities it's important that people still come together to help one another. The efforts can be small or large but either way the community benefits as a whole. 

Community service gives people a chance to enhance the lives of others as well as their own.