Season of Service

By: Amber McCraw, Career Advising Fellow

Service means…

“…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”

“…collaboration”

“…finding the irreplaceable joy that comes from helping others”

“…sacrifice”

“…spending time with those less fortunate”

Advertising at College Coffee..."What does Service mean to you?"

Advertising at College Coffee…”What does Service mean to you?”

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!

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About Amber McCraw

Amber McCraw serves as a the Assistant Director of Career Services for the School of Communications. Previously, she served as a Career Advising fellow for the 2014-2015 academic year. Before arriving at Elon, she earned an M. Ed. in College Student Affairs Administration from the University of Georgia where she worked in Residence Life. Prior to UGA, Amber attended NC State, leaving with a B.S. in Business Administration and a B.A. in Psychology. As an advisor, she works with students from all majors to help them set and reach their career goals. This includes working with students to update their resumes, practice their interviewing skills, develop their professional brand via LinkedIn, and provide them with resources for the internship and job search.

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