For Dominic Lazum, racking up 50 hours of community service isn’t hard. The Waterloo Columbus grad is always busy helping others.
“I like helping people,” said Lazum, a student in the Liberal Arts Transfer program. “It’s one of my favorite things to do.”
Since coming to Hawkeye in 2014, Lazum has volunteered at the Northeast Iowa Food Bank and helped pick up trash with the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. A native of Burma, he has also volunteered with the International Student Organization.
Most of his volunteer time is spent at the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Cedar Valley, helping Hawkeye math instructor Karen Ernst conduct STEM activities with the kids every other week.
“I’ve had great luck finding dedicated students who work very well with the club kids,” Ernst said. “It’s amazing to watch the interactions and the growth of our students as they give of themselves to the kids.”
Lazum is one of several Hawkeye students who assists with activities that include building robots, creating glow-in-the-dark play dough and color-changing candies, and an egg drop challenge.
“I like working with the kids because they’re really energetic,” Lazum said. “We have fun, we create things, we learn science.”
Volunteering keeps Lazum busy, but he likes it that way. It’s taught him how to manage his time and stay on top of school work.
“It showed me what I can do in order to help others,” he said. “Being involved while at Hawkeye has made me a better person.”