Being Raggedy

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“Being Raggedy helped me to understand what compassion truly is. As a biochemistry major, when I hear of symptoms my brain responds on an academic level. However, when frail elderly residents at Buena Vista Convalescent open up to me about their concerns, emotions, and innermost thoughts, my heart responds. The feelings are very different. To empathize with a person in need is the most pure, human feeling I have ever experienced. Real suffering is everywhere, and no one should be left to endure such pain alone.

My ability to communicate greatly improved by being Raggedy. Not only did I become better at demonstrating that I had intentions of comfort and support, I also learned how to observantly read body language and tone in conversation. These skills have directly translated into how I interact with people on a daily basis.”

—Arianne Caudal

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