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Student Benefits

Student Benefits of Service-Learning



“I learned how to remove the thresholds in the doorways of the house using a reciprocating saw.” –Student in Building Materials and System course

  • I gain knowledge and skills that apply out in the real world. The experience helps me select my major or my next courses within my major.
  • I develop critical interpersonal and leadership skills in tandem with my academic knowledge.
  • Important character traits such as dependability, responsibility, professional comportment and a helpful nature help build professional contacts and valuable future references. I start to build my career before I graduate.
  • I have an opportunity to explore a career or field of study. Do I enjoy it? Can I see myself doing this type of work in the future?
  • I recognize that time spent doing meaningful work is more personally rewarding than time spent in idle distraction. I enjoy meeting and spending time with other capable people who make contributions to our world.
  • I build a strong relationship with a member of the faculty. I have a better understanding of their passion, and an appreciation for their scholarship. I establish an opportunity to do future work or research with this faculty member, and earn the privilege of asking for a letter of recommendation.
  • I feel more prepared in my chosen field of study, and am ready to succeed in a full-time internship, an entry-level position, or my first year of graduate school.
  • I have built within myself a commitment to service, and to life-long learning.

Last updated: 10/20/2016