Finding the Connection: Tirzah Gaul and JDRF
A common question received by students working in the Office of Community Engagement is “what do you do?”. Each of us has a unique combination of interests and experiences that led us to our positions today. In an effort to showcase some of these experiences, Tirzah Gaul volunteered to share a bit of her story. Tirzah is a sophomore Communication Studies major with a Sociology minor and an office staff member in the OCE. Without further adieu, here is Tirzah in her own words!
Currently, I am the student volunteer coordinator in the Office of Community Engagement and an ICAP member. I manage the newsletter and the calendar, as well as helping community partners connect with Coe students. I got involved with the Office of Community Engagement through off-campus work study. When Kara told me about the opportunity to earn my work study hours off campus, I knew I wanted to work for an organization I had a personal connection to: the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF). I have type 1 diabetes, a chronic condition without a cure that requires me to check my blood sugar, count carbohydrates, and inject insulin several times per day. JDRF works to develop new technologies to make living with diabetes easier, and to ultimately find a cure for type 1 diabetes. During my partnership with them last year, I assisted with social media and fundraising. There were several smaller events throughout the year that I helped with, including the JDRF Night at one of Coe’s basketball games featuring RaeLynn, an American country singer and songwriter with type 1 diabetes. Ultimately, my work with JDRF was all in preparation for their annual walk to cure diabetes. To be surrounded by hundreds of other community members who also share my daily struggles was a powerful experience, and it truly solidified the fact that I am not alone. This position offered me real world experience within my intended career path, and it was extremely rewarding to work with an organization that directly impacts my life and the lives of millions of others around the world!
You can contact Tirzah at [email protected]