Just being my second semester as a Business 200 Facilitator, every day opens new doors for me and I am so impressed by how much variety in service there is surrounding us. This semester I am pleased to hear new stories and life changing experiences that each student has been facing. This semester some students are giving their time to help serve children with special needs ride horses, to doing free tax returns for low-income families, and even traveling down to an Orphanage in Honduras over spring break. The students this semester have reminded me with their passion and drive the importance to help create a better business-community relationship all around us.
Being surrounded by the same people every day can hinder your views about what is going on in the community nearby. I am intrigued each group meeting how students’ view points from their first initial business 200 journal have changed and seem to accept the service learning aspect of this course more. With everyone having such different talents and hobbies, this makes service learning able to reach a wide range of organizations.
“Perhaps the biggest takeaway from class this morning, when the other students were discussing their plans, was that I appreciated everybody’s own gifts and talents more.”
– John Baumgardner
After I thought about this quote I believe it is so important to recognize that not every service site is right for everyone. Because of everyone’s unique talents and passions; Business 200 is a great way for them to shine and to find out more about themselves in the process. It is an important way to practice building relationships with trust, overcome language barriers, and push you of your comfort zone. I can’t wait to hear about the 40 hours of experience each student has completed by the end of this semester and the lives they have been able to change.
By: Andrea Paetznick, BUSN200 Facilitator