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Above All, Help Others

Pat hasn’t always been a fan of kids.

“That might sound a little harsh, I just was never fond of being around little kids or hanging out with them. But this situation changed it all for me.”

Pat Boylan, initiated in Fall 2017, notes that the situation he was a part of was an incredible experience for him and the kids he impacted. This past year and this school year, Pat has been taking part in a mentorship program that Ball State students don’t usually see.

Pat had the opportunity to head to Royerton Elementary School, where he helped out with an after-school program for young children. There, he chose to work with second through fifth grade boys, because he thought that was where he would best fit.

“It turned out to be a great time for me. I got to sit with them, eat snacks with them, and listen to them about their day – one kid even invited me to his football game!”

Pat notes that they would spend a lot of their time in the library, where he would help with their homework. Some of the subjects gone over include math, reading, and social studies. But Pat says that it wasn’t all about school.

“We would constantly joke about playing too much Fortnite. I’m suprised these kids even know what that is – they’re so young!”

Aside from helping with homework, he and the kids would go out to the playground to decompress.

“I was torn between playing zombie tag and basketball – so I did both.”

When the day was almost over, all the kids and their big friend Pat would head inside for some arts and crafts, where he would continue talking to the kids and building a lasting relationship. Then, the kids would eventually be picked up by their parents. That was Pat’s sign that his day was over, too.

“It was such a life-changing experience for me, and I know it was, too, for the kids. That was one of the best summers I’ve ever had.”

Pat Boylan is a Legal Studies major at Ball State University.

This article was written exclusively for Ball State Sigma Chi’s The Cardinal Sig and was featured in the September 2018 newsletter. To read more from that newsletter, click here.