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Acting Director of Service-Learning
Office of Service-Learning
4200 54th Avenue South
St. Petersburg, FL 33711
Angela Guyadeen '03
Political Science major
If you told me I was going to graduate from Eckerd College when I was a senior in high school, I probably would have said you were crazy. The following fall however, I arrived with my suitcases, big piece of humble pie and began Autumn Term at the "safety school" I had never seen or visited. Today, I am proud to say I was very wrong about my alma mater and thankful for the service experiences that have profoundly impacted my life.
As I began to get involved in Autumn Term that year, the nurturing community immediately started to melt my cold-hearted opinion about Eckerd College. My first service activity on campus was "Into the Streets" and I was astounded by the number of students who arrived to participate. Fox Hall, one of the largest meeting rooms on campus, was filled with dozens of students eager to give back to their new community. As the year went on, I was pleasantly surprised to find more and more students like myself who were passionate about making a difference.
During my time at Eckerd, I was honored to participate in a variety of service activities. They ranged from Kids on Campus, tutoring students at local elementary schools, reading textbooks to a visually impaired classmate, and hosting a site project for Into the Streets. My involvement in these and other activities not only shaped my perspective on how I see the world, it greatly influenced my views on how I believe it should be.
Currently, I work in the United States House of Representatives as the communications director for a Member of Congress. As the only press person in the office, one of the biggest challenges I faced in the beginning was trying to navigate a complicated bureaucracy of information. I had a difficult time identifying and utilize all of the resources available mostly because I didn't have anyone I could turn to for questions.
With the help of a few colleagues, we decided to create a network for democratic press staff working on Capitol Hill. One of the components of this network is a mentoring program I developed and currently implement, which partners senior press staff to junior press staff who work on Capitol Hill. The goal of the program is to facilitate idea sharing and communication so that everyone is able to access the resources and information they need to do their jobs better. The program, which originally started in the House of Representatives, has now expanded to include Senate press staff. Today, more than 200 mentees and mentors have been involved with the program and several alumni have moved on to continue successful careers in campaigning, Congress and the White House.
I am honored to be included with all of the other amazing current and future alumni featured in this profile. Service learning is one of the many values supported by Eckerd College that gives students the opportunity to experience a well-rounded, liberal arts education. My experiences at Eckerd not only affirmed my belief in the importance of community service, it also has fueled my optimism for a brighter future.