Victoria Czochanski - Chapter Co-President, Metuchen

This summer, we are showcasing blogs written by this year's Glammy Scholarship Award Finalists. Today, we hear from Victoria, co-president of the Metuchen chapter, about the skills she learned by taking on a leadership role. 

I was fortunate to grow up having my grandfather live with me and my family. I developed a close relationship with him, and over time I realized how unique it was. I had the chance to learn so much from him and his stories that I would have missed out on if he lived somewhere else. I was initially drawn to GlamourGals because it gave me an opportunity to interact with senior citizens much like I had with my PopPop. I wanted to hear their stories and learn about their lives. I was also aware of the possibility that many of them had been placed in a home and were never visited by their families. The opportunity to sit with them and positively contribute to their day made me feel like I was spending my time in a meaningful way. My grandpa passed away four years ago. Spending time with the seniors for a few hours comparing and contrasting their stories to mine brings back so many memories for me. I will be forever grateful that GlamourGals came into my life.

Being a GlamourGals volunteer has had a positive impact on my life. Having the responsibility and commitment of being the president of my chapter has made me a more confident, organized, and determined individual. Founding this chapter required me to use the lost skill of talking to people on the phone. Since I am not the most outgoing person, this pushed me out of my comfort zone and forced me to develop my communication skills. Thanks to GlamourGals, I am confident that I will reach my goal of becoming an engineer because I know I have the organization skills and determination crucial to my success in college and beyond.