Maria Pia Benosa
University of the Philippines, The Philippines
Abroad at AU student Fall 2009-Spring 2010
Within her first few weeks as a student at American University, Pia had not only toured the most happening places in DC, she had also gotten to know them better by doing community service. First, she was a volunteer for the Kennedy Center for the Arts during its annual Open House Arts Festival, helping manage guests and promote its various musical, dance and theatrical events. Next, she was at the Adams Morgan Day Festival, helping set up the cultural stage where artists and performers commune to pump life and music into D.C.’s longest running street festival. Pia is extremely grateful for the opportunities that are available to her in D.C., which are many and easy to find. Pia has found that while the opportunity to help others has been inspiring, her community service activities have also allowed her to interact with a diverse range of Americans outside the university experience. She was able to listen to their life stories and share her own insights with them from her perspective as an international student.