Student pursues passion for community service

Kristin Hugo

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Terry Marshall’s long list of extracurricular activities includes a position at her church, where she serves as a choir leader.Photos Courtesy of Terry Marshall

Donning a shirt with a cartoon skeleton on it, colorful beaded bracelets and safety pins for earrings, Terry Marshall proves that things are not always what they seem.

The transfer student, double majoring in child development and music therapy said she remains dedicated to community service, children and her Catholic faith.

Marshall, who previously attended Los Angeles Valley College, lives in Van Nuys and is involved with the community both on and off campus.

She currently volunteers at Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church in North Hills as a canter. This position requires her to lead the church choir in song and teach catechism classes. This will be her second year directing the church summer camp.

Marshall is also very involved in campus clubs and organizations including the Music Therapy Association, Child Development Association, Christian Students at CSUN, University Chorus, Autism Speaks, Relay for Life’s planning committee and Gamma Rho Lambda, an all-inclusive queer-based sorority.

One of her earliest remembered experiences with community service was prompted when a neighbor of hers fell on hard financial times. Her family helped out by getting extra groceries for them and giving the family toys and clothing they didn’t use any more.

“You should’ve seen their faces,” Marshall said. “They started crying, they were really grateful and it really made me happy inside. That was the beginning of when I knew I just wanted to help people.”

And that is what she is doing now with her involvement on campus and elsewhere.
Marshall said she wants her life to continue to be completely filled with opportunities to help people. She dreams of being a kindergarten teacher with an emphasis in Catholic education.

She also wants to be a music therapist, and to continue her community service by starting her own organizations, such as MEND (Meet Each Need with Dignity), a resource office that provides food, shelter, counseling, health care and more to the needy and homeless.

Additionally, she wants to create an organization that would promote fine arts in schools and get more involved in the American Cancer Society and LGBT issues.

Marshall advocates that individuals perform community service at any opportunity.

“People think that community service is joining an organization and helping,” Marshall said. “If you see a homeless person in the street ask them if they want food and get them food, that’s community service right there. It’s just whatever community you’re in at that time and helping out that person. That’s community service right there.”