Get to know Nina Stewart! Nina is a junior from Scottsboro, AL in pre-pharmacy. Nina was nominated after being elected Director of Outreach for Auburn for Water and serving on a mission trip with them in the Dominican Republic.
Why did you get involved with Auburn for Water?
"Auburn for Water addresses a cause that goes far beyond our college campus. We work with organizations that are established worldwide and get amazing opportunities through those connections. The water crisis is a serious problem for people all over the globe, and it is something I plan on continuing to fight for after I graduate. My favorite part is knowing that I am making a difference in people’s lives around the world with a group of people that share the same passion."
Tell us about your mission trip this summer.
"This summer we went to the Dominican Republic with Filters of Hope to hand out water filters to those that do not have access to clean drinking water. We spent the majority of our time in the mountains, where unpaved roads were covered in trash and animals freely roamed the streets. It was here, between the houses made of pieces of tin on top of cinderblocks, that I realized just how impoverished much of the world around us is. Access to clean water was something I had taken for granted my whole life."
What was your favorite memory from your trip?
I have many memories from that trip that have forever changed my life, but there is one that stands out. We were visiting with a woman who had recently been given a water filter, just to check in and make sure everything was running properly and help her if there was anything she didn’t understand. While there, I shared with her one of my favorite Bible verses, “You will be enriched in every way so that you may be generous on every occasion and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.” (2 Corinthians 4:11). After hearing these words the woman sparked up, she had been one of the first in her village to get a filter and she told me she now felt that it was her responsibility to help others in maintaining and cleaning theirs. She explained that God had blessed her by sending us to her home and providing her safe water to drink, so now she needed her to share this blessing with those around her.
"Freshman Year I had no idea what to get involved in and was confused and overwhelmed by the amazing number of involvement opportunities Auburn offers. There were several women in our chapter that were in Auburn for Water, and they were just so incredibly passionate about it. They encouraged me to apply sophomore year, and I am so glad I did. AOII helped me find a place for ME on campus. They didn’t tell me what to do or where to join but encouraged me to explore my options and loved me even when I was not involved at all. These ladies have pushed me consistently since the first day I walked in the room to be the best version of myself, even if that meant getting out of my comfort zone. I never imagined I would hold a leadership position in such a large organization on campus, but I know I would not be where I am without AOII. They have changed me for the better, and I can never thank them enough for the consistent love and encouragement. I am truly blessed to be surrounded by such a passionate group of women." -Nina Stewart