My job brings me in contact with so many amazing people! My primary role is as the Associate Service Learning Director in the College for Professional Studies at Regis University which serves Regis’ non-traditional adult learners. But today I had the super fun privilege of sitting in and listening to a few students from Regis College (traditional students) present what they had learned from their En/Route program this past year. En/Route places students in an environment in which they are learning to serve and serving to learn. There were 12 presentations from students who had spent the past year serving several hours a week in many different agencies in the Denver area. Hats off to my colleagues in Regis College, faculty, service learning directors and engaged scholar activists who ran this fantastic program for students this year! Well done! I was so inspired by the transformative thinking that was evident as these students reflected upon their initial experiences at the beginning of the school year as they began their service adventures and then gave us a glimpse into their journey throughout the year, sharing very candidly how they had been changed. Here are some of the things I wrote down; from the hearts of these dedicated college freshmen students to you, my readers:
Solidarity – being present and letting someone you know that you are there for them
It’s a special kind of learning that happens quietly. You soon realize that you ARE your beliefs.
Service – it’s for others and not just for myself. It’s more mental and not just physical.
These families became a part of our lives and we are part of their cheer-leading team as we see the beauty in their struggles on this journey.
I serve because I care. Empathy helped us see meaning beyond our own selves and lives. Maybe we help 1 child who then makes a difference in another child’s life someday (pay it forward).
There are 14 million young women under the age of 18 who are forced to marry in Africa. They are subject to increased violence and forced sexual relations. They face illiteracy and lack of education due to dropping out of school. Marriage forced upon them – perceived adulthood forced upon them. I understand now that I took my rights and freedoms for granted. I know now I want to be a civil rights advocate.
People do what they want to do! Stereotypes are divided along racial, cultural and gender lines. If T’s mom can be intentional with her time ALL of the time, then I can be intentional with mine some of the time. Time is our most valuable possession. Sometimes it is be be shared as we are meant to share experiences and be with one another; its the common denominator of the heart.
Way to go, students! Way to go. Don’t lose this ground that you have gained in a life lived out in service to others. Each of you is now a mouthpiece to educate others (another act of service) to help others answer the question for themselves: “How ought we to live?”
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Final thought: what have you been intentional about doing in your life that is causing transformation in your life?