Blog - Rohanie Chapter Leader
"...We're Just Like [The Elderly]" Rohanie May, 2014
When it comes down to it, we're just like [the elderly]. I try to make my chapter understand that fact. Sometimes we're scared of other people because we think they are different. We're all the same though, been through the same thing in different ways. When my chapter understood that, they were no longer afraid.
My leadership has impacted my chapter. I lead them by example learning from those who've led in the past. Being co-president means that I have the chance to lead a club and influence them through what I do. I've always been outspoken and loud but that's a good quality to have. I'm not afraid to talk and carry out a conversation with the elderly. When it comes down to it, we're just like them. I try to make my chapter understand that fact. Sometimes we're scared of other people because we think they are different. We're all the same though, been through the same thing in different ways. When my chapter understood that, they were no longer afraid. The key here is to be yourself. No one will judge you. I notice things. Many students in my chapter leave the retirement home happy as well as the senior citizens. The students are happy because they put a smile on someone else's face. It makes not only the other person feel good but also makes you feel good about yourself. All I really want to teach my chapter is to love themselves. When you love yourself, that's when you have the ability to love others. Love is what gets everyone through the day. I'll do more through the next year when I'm president but that was just the main idea I wanted to teach my chapter.
GlamourGals is important to me and my community. I remember the day I decided to join. It was during the club fair and former glamour gals members were in charge of the booth. They talked about the club and how it was a great opportunity to meet senior citizens in our community. Then, they showed me some pictures. Seeing those smiles on the senior citizen's faces, that was what inspired me. I wanted to cause those smiles and make on impact on their lives. Little did I know what a big impact they would be on my life. One time a woman named Helen told me that I had a lovely name and that I was a beautiful girl who would make a difference in this world. It meant a lot especially since that was a day where I felt so hopeless like I couldn't do anything important. My community is proud to see what we students are doing. They know how lonely it can be in a retirement home where the only people you can interact with are the elderly. When we come to visit, they remember their past and share it with us. They've been through what we're going through right now. Glamour Gals will always be important to me and my community because it teaches us a valuable lesson: No matter the age difference, we're all a community and everyone can get along. What we do is just another definition for love.
Rohanie, GlamourGals volunteer