By: Amber McCraw, Career Advising Fellow
“…community and uplift”
“…giving the best of yourself to others”
“…being a part of something bigger than yourself”
“…seeing the world from a new lens”
“…making a difference even in the smallest ways”
“…submitting yourself to help others”
“…finding the irreplaceable joy that comes from helping others”
“…spending time with those less fortunate”
What does service mean to you? We asked students this while we were tabling at College Coffee in early November, and those were a few of the responses we received.
The Student Professional Development Center, in partnership with other offices across campus, just recently completed a series of programs focusing on #ServiceYear, which is an initiative headed by The Franklin Project that encourages students to commit to a year of service following graduation.
The “Making a World of Difference” program series began on October 28th when Jonathan Reckford, CEO of Habitat for Humanity International visited campus to share his insights on service and finding personal fulfillment. On November 6th, five alumni participated in a panel to share their experiences and answer questions about non-profit organizations. On November 11th the office hosted a Service Resume Workshop to help students prepare their resume, personal statements, and cover letters. Finally, the culminating event in the series was the Service Expo, which hosted 16 organizations for students to talk with concerning service opportunities. It was a successful series of programs and it gave students the resources to plan for their #ServiceYear.
In this season of thankfulness and giving back, what does service mean to you? Share your comments with us!