Service Learning and Career Exploration
The Ashford students continue to do great works for our community. As we look forward to the new school year, it is a great time to reflect on the 2012-2013 academic year. Our students learned about themselves, while putting theory into practice in our community. Through course work alone, our students served over 5,700 hours. The faculty and staff on campus have really supported giving our students the opportunity to give of themselves. As quoted from one of our service learning students, “It made me understand that many need our help and we have to stand up and help.”
A sample of the projects include: a middle school dance to promote a healthy lifestyle, a food drive to support a local homeless shelter, and sustainability reports for local non-profits, and website design for local small businesses.
“To be a leader one must learn to serve. And I think my previous and current service projects are agents that will boost the leadership skills in me. I say this because I'm becoming more and more sensitive to needs of people. I'm beginning to think of ways to help a greater population of people.”
– Nnamdi Ekesi, Senior, Bachelor of Science in Biology (Abuja, Nigeria)
Service learning also gives our students the opportunity for career exploration. Students that take advantage of these opportunities are not only able to give back to the community, but also gain a deeper understanding of what a job in their desired field could possibility entail. This can either strengthen or change an individual’s career path.
“The SRV 201 service learning class has made me see the importance of helping those who are less fortunate than you. In my future career, I will look for a company that has a strong commitment to providing services not just for monetary purposes but because it is the right thing to do.”
– Alex Kivali, Senior, Bachelor of Arts in Accounting (Abbots Langley, England)
Audra Adams, MBA
Manager of Service Learning
563.242.4023, ext. 7242