Steven Rufe: A Passion for Service
Steven Rufe likes to look for the Catherine-ness in people.
Ask Steven what he means and he’ll tell you that even though the founding “Sister of Mercy” Catherine McAuley (1778-1841) lived long ago, the passion for service she inspired can easily be found at Gwynedd-Mercy College today.
“It’s about giving all of yourself to others but being open to learning from them too. It’s a two-way street,” says Steven. “We’re a passionate and motivated group of students at Gwynedd-Mercy College.”
Steven should know. As a Mercy Works Scholar in Service, Steven works on service projects almost everyday with his fellow students whether they collect books for under-served libraries, visit people with developmental disabilities or provide food for homeless shelters. “I’m always out there in the community,” says Steven. Not only has Steven felt the personal benefits of volunteering, he’s noticed that it tends to open more doors for his future.
For instance, after an inspirational trip to the United Nations (UN) through Gwynedd-Mercy College’s Mercy Meets the UN Conference, Steven lined up an internship with the Partnership for Global Justice. Through his work there, Steven is now designing a nation-wide curriculum for school-age children to learn more about the historical roots and role of the UN and specific international issues such as water-use!
The current president of Gwynedd-Mercy College’s Education Club found his first two pupils when he was seven years old. “I played teacher with my two sisters. I was inspired by my own teachers at that age.”
As an elementary education major, Steven likes working with younger kids. “That’s the age when they know how to tie their shoes. That’s the tipping point where I can change their lives for the better.”
His advice to new college students? “Join something your very first day!”
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