2019 Glammy Finalist Blog Series: Alexis Ligas, President
This Glammy Finalist Blog Series post features Alexis Ligas from Benjamin N. High School! Read on to hear what Alexis has learned during her time as president of her chapter and how this experience has shaped her plans to become a speech pathologist.
Why is GlamourGals important to you and your community?
“GlamourGals is more than painting nails.” Almost every volunteer has shared this statement, a statement I have vocalized hundreds of times. GlamourGals has become a part of my life; because of this, I can state that GlamourGals isn’t about buying nail polish and makeup. Instead, it represents the need to revolutionize the way we treat the elderly. As a GlamourGals volunteer, you are trained to look closer and “beyond the surface.” You learn how to connect with others who aren’t the same race or age as you. One makeover can change your perspective and view on the world. For example, my community has changed its views on senior citizens. It now recognizes that senior citizens are important and filled with wisdom. GlamourGals is the reason that this bond has become possible between the older and younger generation.
How have your experiences as a GlamourGals volunteer shaped your aspirations and future career goals?
Over my four years as a GlamourGals volunteer, I have learned the importance of giving back to my community. That is why I have decided to become a speech pathologist. As a speech pathologist, I will be able to give back to the elderly. For example, many times when visiting the nursing home I have met seniors who suffer from aphasia, a condition caused by brain damage in which an individual loses the ability to understand or express speech. Personally, I feel like this is such a horrible condition to experience. Not only are the seniors experiencing elderly loneliness but they are also now restricted from having a conversation with anyone. As a speech pathologist, I aspire to be able to work with senior citizens and relieve the stress and trauma such an illness can have. Being a GlamourGals volunteer, taught the importance of patience and “lending one’s ear.” That is why I hope to take my skills as a GlamourGals volunteer along with me into my profession as a speech pathologist. I ultimately want to change the way senior citizens are communicating in the nursing home.