By Jamie Weissman

Junior hearing & speech sciences major Ariella Bloomfield balances schoolwork and volunteering. Photo courtesy of Ariella Bloomfield.

Whenever Manhattan native Ariella Bloomfield is back in New York she visits DOROT, an old age home where she volunteers and delivers food. So, when a friend asked her if she wanted to visit Potomac’s Hebrew Home every Friday, it was an opportunity she was excited to take on.

“I really do like helping people. It’s just really rewarding. They just enjoy seeing young, smiling faces”, the junior hearing and speech sciences major said.

The sentiment shows through the multiple volunteering opportunities Bloomfield is involved in. Besides visiting Hebrew Home, she is also a tutor at High Point high school where she helps students with English and history, an experience she says is both fun and rewarding.

“She’s really caring and willing to do anything for anyone,” junior kinesiology major Stefanie Ebrahimoff said.

When she’s not volunteering, Bloomfield is involved in the Orthodox Kedma community, part of the Maryland community she is thankful for after transferring from this university for her sophomore year, only to return for her junior year.

“I just wasn’t happy freshman year. I think it was part of getting into the flow of college. So I ended up switching and I just missed my friends and the whole Maryland community so I decided to come back,” she said.

Now, she is making the most of her time at Maryland. Next semester, she is volunteering at a child language acquisition lab on campus, an experience she is excited for because it’s a part of speech therapy she has never seen before. However, Bloomfield says when she graduates she plans to become a swallowing specialist and work with geriatric stroke victims.

“I worked at a rehab center this summer and I just really liked it and I’ve always liked elderly people. It was really rewarding just because stroke victims are very difficult to deal with sometimes but then they appreciate all of the help that you’re giving them and when they make improvements it’s very rewarding,” she said.

If becoming a swallowing specialist doesn’t work out, she says she has her eyes on a culinary school in Israel.

“I like to bake a lot. I just try out different cakes. I’ve been playing around with fondant and decorating cakes. It’s sort of a dream of mine,” she said.

No matter what her future has in store, junior family science major Yael Lehmann, Bloomfield’s cousin, is sure she’ll make an impact.

According to Lehmann, “She’s one of those girls who knows how to brighten your day and she really is thoughtful.”

Jamie Weissman


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