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What exactly is service learning?  Why should I take a service learning course? 

Benefits of Service Learning for students

  • Increase your understanding of the class topic
  • Gain hands-on experience (possibly leading to an internship or job later)
  • Explore or cement your values and beliefs
  • Have opportunities to act on your values and beliefs
  • Develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills
  • Grow your understanding of diverse cultures and communities
  • Learn more about social issues and their root causes
  • Improve your ability to handle ambiguity and be open to change; become more flexible
  • Develop or enhance your skills, especially in the areas of communication, collaboration, and leadership
  • Test out your skills, interests, and values in a potential career path, or learn more about a field that interests you
  • Connect with professionals and community members who you will learn from
  • Grow a professional network of people you might connect with again later for jobs or internships
  • Satisfy your urge toward public service or civic participation
  • Enriches student learning of course material and “brings books to life and life to books.”
  • Engages students in active learning that demonstrates the relevance and importance of academic work for their life experience and career choices.
  • Increases awareness of current societal issues as they relate to academic areas of interest.
  • Broadens perspectives of diversity issues and enhances critical thinking skills.
  • Improves interpersonal skills that are increasingly viewed as important skills in achieving success in professional and personal spheres.
  • Develops civic responsibility through active community involvement.