Hometown: Dallas, Texas
Major: Psychology & Criminal Justice
It is very clear to see Emily Van Blargan’s passion for service while serving alongside her in ESA. However, her commitment to serving her community extends far beyond her membership in Epsilon Sigma Alpha. Emily has been involved in a number of service efforts that have made a clear impact on the DC community and has worked closely with some of our favorite local organizations.
Emily is deeply involved in putting on one of GW ESA’s favorite service events of the semester, Trick-or-Treat for Service, an annual event in which student volunteers from DC area universities get out in the community and collect non-perishable items and hygiene products from our generous DC neighbors for Capital Area Food Bank. After joining the organization last year as a member of the committee for social media, Emily was selected to serve as President for the 2014-2015 academic year which she says keeps her busy and has been a lot of fun. Being President of Trick-or-Treat for Service has given Emily firsthand experience balancing all the work that goes on behind-the-scenes to put on a large-scale event; a challenge she knows will be worth it when everything comes together the day of the event. For more information on Trick-or-Treat for Service 2014, being held this Saturday October 25th, visit facebook.com/GWtrickortreat.
During her GW career Emily has also had the opportunity to complete a service-learning course in which she spent time each week at DC Central Kitchen. From there, she joined Engaged DC and volunteered with the YWCA in U-Street.
Outside of service, Emily has had experience working with organizations in the Psychology field including internships with the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) and the Psychological Group of Washington. After GW, Emily would like to further her education in grad school studying Clinical Forensic Psychology and is very driven to continue developing professional experience that will help her get closer to achieving her career goals.
When talking about her involvement with service, Emily will often go back to the fact that it is just something she really enjoys doing. Emily’s commitment to service has led her peers both in ESA and in the larger GW community to view her as a true leader. We look forward to seeing all you continue to do, Emily!