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Timmons began as a CardinalCorps Leader, now engaged in many service programs

Timmons began as a CardinalCorps Leader, now engaged in many service programs

By Alli Bates ‘16

Civic engagement and social responsibility are at the core of Otterbein’s values. One student wasted no time making sure she put those principles into practice right away.

Victoria Timmons ‘17, has been involved in service based student organizations, university programs and trips that it’s hard to believe the junior Allied Health major has been able to do so much in only three semesters.

“I was interviewed and accepted as a CardinalCorps Leader (CCL) the spring before my first-year year here at Otterbein,” said Timmons. “I was overjoyed to find such a close-knit and inclusive family before even arriving on campus,” said Timmons.

Timmons believes her lifelong passion is to help others. Her leadership potential led her to becoming a CCL from the beginning, where she has been granted many opportunities to develop herself and invest in the community around her. CCLs are students who have demonstrated a commitment to community service and academic scholarship during high school. These 18-20 students coordinate weekly service programs in the Otterbein community through the Center for Community Engagement.

Timmons took her experience as a CCL and was able to then apply it to an internship at Recreation Unlimited, a camp providing adaptable recreational activities and experiences for all ages of people who have special needs.

“I worked as a camp counselor for their residence camp for two years. As a counselor, I received a group of campers who ranged from eight to 92 years old. We worked to adapt activities such as climbing, swimming, fishing or canoeing to their ability level so they could enjoy everything a summer camp has to offer,” said Timmons.  “This experience taught me a great deal about working with a variety of ability levels, specific diagnosis and unique personalities.”

Each week, Timmons was able to have the opportunity to know four to seven unique individuals. She learned about their daily rituals, communication styles, personal care routines, fears and joys.

Timmons desire to further her leadership from the moment she stepped on campus led her to seize the opportunity to travel to Nicaragua on an alternative Spring Break trip. This trip was created after the Otterbein Common Book Committee organized the trip to an orphanage, based on the experiences detailed in Connor Grennan’s Little Princes.

“In the book, he wrote about an orphanage that he came across in Nepal that was the home to many trafficked children in the time of their country's civil war. Grennan came to Otterbein in the fall of my first-year and I had the privilege of getting to know him and introducing him to our student body,” said Timmons. “I was then asked to join a group of students in going to Nicaragua that spring to Bradley's House of Hope.”

After Timmons graduates, she plans to go on to graduate school to get her doctorate in occupational therapy to eventually work as a therapist for children with special needs. She is grateful for the experiences she’s had while at Otterbein and looking forward to those still ahead.

“Otterbein strives to be a community service based institution and I am fortunate to be part of several groups and programs that really makes that happen.”

Learn more about Otterbein's Allied Health major and how you can get involved on campus with the Center for Community Engagement.