What Being a GlamourGal Has Taught Me

Kristina Padilla, president of our UC San Diego chapter, shares some of the things she has learned being a GG volunteer in honor of the chapter’s one-year anniversary.

As our UCSD chapter approaches our one-year anniversary of being a part of the GlamourGals movement, I'd like to share what I've learned over the past year:

1. The women I've met in GlamourGals are some of the most inspiring women I've ever met. They are all in college working hard towards their future, yet they still take the time to volunteer. No one is forcing them; they do it because they truly care. People say you should surround yourself with people who will make you a better version of yourself, and these women are exactly that! 

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2. You can learn so much from the residents at senior homes. You may think you are doing them the favor by coming in to do their nails, but they are doing us a favor in return. I’ve learned from Bea, my new friend, how important it is to have fun. This may seem obvious, but we often forget to make memories. Bea has taught me to slow down, remember to enjoy my life and make time for the people that matter. 

3. The impact that GlamourGals is making on senior homes is so much bigger than it seems in pictures. Not only are we visiting residents and giving them manicures and the opportunity to share their story, but we are also becoming friends. 

4. Lastly, I’ve learned about myself. Through discovering the impact that community service can have, I’ve realized how important it is to my life. I plan on continuing to find a way to give back to the community for the rest of my life.

Thank you, GlamourGals, for the life lessons I’ve learned!

GlamourGals Volunteers