Paulina is dedicated to cultural exchange as evidenced by her community service and a unique, life-changing experience. She has been volunteering at the SUNY Broome Child Care Center, where she has been incorporating German language lessons into her time with the children. Paulina, who was trained as a tailor in Germany, read a German fairytale about a tailor to the children. She has also taught them how to do some sewing. Paulina has enjoyed using her profession to help teach the children about craftsmanship and creativity.
As a member of the International Students Organization (ISO) at her school, Paulina helped cook, prepare, and serve international meals to the campus community. She also volunteers for a local organization, Little Italy Endicott, which has taught her important aspects of supporting one’s community. Its mission is to continue the revitalization of a 100-block neighborhood of Endicott into a vibrant economic and cultural district that celebrates its Italian heritage and hosts events and community gatherings. Paulina recently volunteered at a Christmas event hosted by the Little Italy Endicott Heritage Museum where she not only made crafts with kids and passed out hot chocolate and Christmas cookies, but was also able to discuss her German heritage and traditions with local residents.Paulina got to experience the importance of the traditional Thanksgiving dinner and family gathering. After dinner, they watched football on TV and Paulina spent the whole evening answering questions that the family had about German traditions and culture. Paulina had a wonderful experience and says she is now an Eagles fan for life.