As the semester approaches its end it is a good time to look back and reflect on what we have all accomplished through our service. I remember back when I volunteered with the CDC (Child Development Center) during my semester of service that I felt this sense of gratitude and accomplishment as it was all coming to an end. My reasoning for this was because I had something to be thankful for, these children and the staff of the CDC had given me the opportunity to serve more than myself and see a continuing change from one week to the next. Now, this change is much easier to identify within young children because that is at a very developmental stage in their lives, but in any service there is a change and it can be seen, you just need to know where to look.
I remember Dr. Gorski’s orientation talk, both when I took the class myself and when I sat in as a facilitator. One thing she said that really resonated with me was how far our service can reach out. It does not just affect those directly involved, but also the families of those, those working alongside you, the community, etc. There are an infinite amount of people who could benefit from the actions of an individual. To me this concept is remarkable.
In the last two months of the semester I have seen a few of my students who truly feel changed by their service and notice the impact that they can have on others. I am thankful that there is a program such as BUSN200 that gives students a push to do something they may have never done in their lives. I know for a fact that if someone had told me back in high school that I would spend 40+ hours volunteering with two different groups of toddlers and that it would also be my first pick that I would not have believed them. However, it is because programs like this push students to leave their comfort zones that we are awarded the chance to make a difference both in others and within ourselves.