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
So this has been the last week for many of us with our BUSN200 sections. I hope everyone got as much out of the class as I did. I wish everyone the best of luck on all their finals! Remember its just this one last week and then you can relax for a whole month! Keep working hard and it will definitely show in the classroom. Congrats to everyone who passed Business 200 this semester I hope everyone got a lot out of taking this class. Hopefully you all realize the positive impact you made on some of these peoples lives! Remember this when you are celebrating the holidays with your families in these next few weeks. We are so blessed to go to this great university, now what are we going to do to help others? Think about this continue to volunteer!
As the semester comes to an end, students have been presenting their final creative projects for Business 200. For their presentations, students must address whether or not they achieved their learning objectives for the semester, how they grew as professionals and individuals, and what they did at their service sites. I have to say that the final class was my absolute favorite! My students were so creative in their project ideas; one of my students brought a ukulele and performed a song about his service site. Another one of my students made a Youtube video. I had one girl who made a picture book and I had a few students try their hand at poetry. It was awesome to see the projects they came up with to represent their service sites and the experiences that they had.
All of my students were able to articulate how they grew over the course of the semester through their service. Many of them talked about how they wanted to continue doing volunteer work even after the class was over! I was so touched because several of my students came into the service learning class with a negative attitude. They did not like the idea of doing mandatory community service; but after completing the service, they saw the value in the program.
As professionals, the students learned a variety of skills. Whether it was networking, working with Excel, learning patience, or marketing, students gained valuable skills based on what their service site needed. These skills will help them when they graduate, and the students were all appreciative that they had the opportunity to develop these attributes.
Overall, my first semester as a Business 200 facilitator was incredibly rewarding. I am looking forward to what next semester brings and seeing more students grow!
Lauren Buchholz~ Facilitator