It has come to the end of the semester and sadly that means the end of another term for Business 200 as well. Looking forward at the next few weeks it is important that anyone who expects to pass the class makes sure that they have all their journals in and have attended all of the classes (or makeup). The Facilitators are hard at work trying to grade all of the posts and catalogue everything before turning all of the information over to Dr. Gorski. Anyone who does not have all their journals turned in by Study Monday will not pass the class. Please work with us and end the year on a good note.
Having worked at BUSN200 for two semester now, I feel much more knowledgable about how classes will go and how to deal with students who refuse to turn journals in on time. However, I am never prepared nor will I ever be prepared for when final projects are presented. At the beginning of the semester, all my students are annoyed to have to volunteer 40 hours out of their lives to help the less fortunate, but at the end of the semester, after they’ve changed more people than they could fathom, they present a final project to me that always surprises me and makes me smile and sometimes cry. I am always blown away by what amazing volunteer work my students have accomplished and I can see in their eyes and through their presentations that they enjoyed every minute of giving back to the community. So good luck everyone on your final projects, I will have tissues ready!
There is a lot that can be learned from BUSN200. Both about yourself, and your community. When going into service, I hope that wherever anybody decides to do so they participate with an open mind. There is always a learning opportunity. Every single person you meet has an untold story with a different perspective, a new idea, or a motivating lesson. Don’t write a person or an organization off just because they’re small or disheveled. They have a world unknown to you, experiences that are completely different, and thoughts that you never would have thought of. Don’t be afraid to talk to others about their lives and situations. Don’t be afraid to branch out. As a BUSN200 student, working through service is a chance for you to rub shoulders with people that aren’t all that similar to you. Learn from these people by being empathetic. Think about what you would do in their shoes. It’s an interesting world out there, and when you have the chance to explore it, dive deep!
Braeden Stamas~ Facilitator
One of the primary lessons to be gained through Business 200 is the impact that it has with the community around Saint Thomas. Saint Thomas is well known throughout the Twin Cities and Minnesota in general as being a great school that instills a sense of leadership and morality within its students but Business 200 also allows students to actually show the community the skills that they pick up at Saint Thomas. Whether it is an internship at Finnegans or doing the accounting for a local nonprofit this program presents the opportunity for students to give back to those surrounding Saint Thomas in a way that is beneficial to the non-profits involved, the community, and themselves. While many students may just see this program as another time commitment needed for graduation, I see it as a gateway to take the blessings we receive at this institution and share them with others. No matter what the service is, we are given the ability to help better the lives of human beings and in doing so we have the chance to grow ourselves.
Dylan Bakken~BUSN 200 Facilitator