Top 5 reasons: service-learning edition
1. Strengthen career decisions - service-learning can help you determine career options. It's a safe, quick version of doing that thing you've got your heart set on after graduation. So, if you love it, great! If you don't, at least it's better to know now instead of halfway to retirement.
2. Gain professional experience and networking - modern employers crave community-focused students. Make sure you've got the resume and references that will give you an advantage when entering the workforce. Not only that, but community organizations are always on the lookout for their next hire, someone who has already spent time with them has the advantage.
3. Understand your course content on a deeper level - service-learning is known to be experiential and leave a greater impact in student studies. The community builds off the benefits of your labor, while you benefit from actually remembering what you learned later on down the road because you applied it in a hands-on environment.
Missouri State students overlook Port-de-Paix, Haiti during a vision screening trip
4. Get to know and build our community - You're talented. Springfield needs your talents; you need to develop them in a real-world environment. Find out the issues and how you can effect change with the safety net of being enrolled in a course and with the CASL office having your back.
5. Connect with Missouri State's public affairs mission - our mission sets us apart. It brings in students interested in the idea of making a positive difference in the world. Take the opportunity to experience firsthand what Community Engagement, Ethical Leadership and Cutural Competence means to you.
The goal of service-learning is to develop the skills, sensitivities, and commitments necessary for effective Citizenship in a democracy. Your service-learning experience will take place with a Learning Site, AKA: “community partner,” a non-profit or government agency (e.g. schools, hospitals, various offices/departments, etc.). You are not graded on your volunteering or service (although you do have a minimum number of required hours and there are high expectations for your quality of work at the agency) but you are graded on the learning that takes place over the semester.