Four years with ONE
Another school year is coming to a close and it’s that time where we have to say some goodbyes. ONE Campus members Cody Reuschel from University of Utah and Brien Griffin from University of California, Santa Barbara are graduating from school and the ONE Campus program after 4 years! We are sad to see Cody and Brien graduate, but are eager to see how they will use their passions and skills to continue to change the world. Their four years with ONE have been packed with experiences, celebrations and kickass advocacy, so we asked Cody and Brien to look back on their proudest moments advocating for a world without extreme poverty and preventable diseases!
Cody: I am most proud of myself for just going to my first meeting. I didn’t know anybody in the club, and I didn’t have any friends who wanted to come with me. However, I knew a little bit about ONE and wanted to get involved so I went by myself anyways. As a freshman, I wasn’t the most outgoing person, so going to a random meeting alone was really stressful. I’m so glad I did, or else I wouldn’t have had any of the great experiences with ONE.
Brien: I’m most proud of joining UCSB’s ONE chapter and helping out with recruiting more ONE Campus members during UCSB’s Spring Insight.
Cody: I was an officer on the Executive Board and we organized a really amazing “Under ONE Sky” event for the United Nations’ Global Goals. It turned out amazing and we had a good turnout, and it was just really rewarding to see all of the campus team’s work paying off in the end.
Brien: In my sophomore year, I attended my first Power Summit. It was an amazing experience, both the training and meeting with my members of Congress. That energized me to continue the fight against extreme poverty and preventable diseases and bring it back to my campus.
Cody: The best part of Junior year was having the opportunity to get members of my E-Board such amazing training from the ONE staff! We were able to get a couple of our members to a regional training in Colorado, and then the same members came out to the Power Summit with me later in the year. I had been to the Summit the year before, but seeing them take part for the first time was somehow even more fun.
Brien: During my junior year, my brother, Matthew, and I got the opportunity to meet Senator Marco Rubio, right before Senator Rubio went onto the Senate floor and spoke directly about the ONE Campaign’s efforts and the importance of fully funding the international affairs budget.
Cody: Finding successors for the next year was definitely the best part of this year for me. It was super stressful to think that ONE’s presence on the University of Utah campus was going to disappear when I left, but having my E-Board members step up and happily take on more responsibilities for the future made me so happy!
Brien: For my last year, we hosted an International Women’s Day party on our back deck overlooking the Pacific Ocean where we took action and enjoyed the great views. What a way to cap off four years!