Arizona Alpha junior, Avery Thomas, of Flagstaff, Arizona, is majoring in Care Health & Society and minoring in physiology and chemistry. She plans to become a nurse practitioner and has gained unique experiences in the medical field through philanthropic service in the operating room (OR) and the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). Avery shadowed doctors in the OR, and helped NICU nurses with containing babies during exams. She also spends time at a home owned by a pastor in Tucson called Z Mansion. At the facility, she helps assist the homeless population with clothes, food, and medical exams. “All of these experiences in the medical field have given me precious opportunities to immerse myself in the world that I am working to someday be a part of.” Avery’s most rewarding experience was being able to work at NICU because it helped her discover her passion. “Volunteering in the NICU was so humbling and eye opening, and it gave me the chance to realize that someday I want to work with babies!” These enriching experiences are why Avery loves volunteering in her community. They not only prepare her for her future, but help remind her that she can still make an impact before she’s fully a part of her career field. Her dedication to serving her community makes Avery Thomas a great representation of philanthropy within the AZ Alpha Chapter and has turned our value of philanthropic service to others into a lifestyle. We love you, Avery!