Name: Chris McNabb
Year of Graduation: 2009
Minor: Leadership and Global Understanding
Hometown and High School:Bryn Mawr, Pa. (Devon Preparatory School)
Service Activities: Volunteer with AIDS Outreach; Los Niños participant (service trip to Tijuana, Mexico); Team Lasallians; Coordinator, Fellowship of Community and University Service (FOCUS)
Other Activities: Admissions Campus Explorer (ACE); Member of The Point (University steering committee); Campus Ministry volunteer; Resident Adviser; Peer Minister
How did you become interested in community service and why did you choose La Salle?
On a family vacation to Washington, D.C., I was shocked to see so many homeless people living on the streets. Being young, I didn’t understand why they had no place to go and why they weren’t being taken care of. Unable to find a satisfactory answer, I started my quest to do my part in making a positive impact on the world around me. I continued my service work throughout high school and looked for a college that excelled in community service opportunities for students. La Salle came to the forefront immediately. Upon visiting the campus, not only did I find an extensive outlet for service, but people who took the time to talk to me one on one about how to get involved. The kind and caring people I met on campus, the individual attention, and the nurturing environment confirmed this was the place for me.
How did you get involved with La Salle’s service trips?
I got interested in traveling overseas and volunteer work at a young age from an older member of my family who had recently returned from Africa, where he was volunteering. This led to my becoming extensively involved with service in the Philadelphia region at a younger age. I wanted to take this to the next level in college. At La Salle, I have had the chance to take advantage of local, regional, and international service opportunities.
What have you liked and learned as a trip member?
The generosity you encounter from people you’re serving abroad, despite the adversity they are facing, has been a lesson that has changed my life. A part of me will always miss the places I have been, knowing I’ve learned so much more than I can ever give back.