Freshman Seminar Course #: LC06
Name of Community Service Organization/Activity: Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk
1. How did your community service work help the community?
My job at the walk was to encourage and cheer for the walkers, instead of doing any actual walking. I feel that I helped the “against breast cancer” community by showing them that college students have their backs.
2. What were your initial reactions upon hearing that you would be engaging in a community service project?
It was definitely a surprise. I’ve done a lot of community service work during my high school years, I figured I’d have no extra time for CS in college.
3. How did it make you feel to give your time and energy to others?
I wouldn’t call standing and making noise for walkers “giving my time and energy to others”. I am disappointed about the job my peers and I were assigned.
4. What did you learn about yourself, the people around you, and the service site?
I didn’t learn anything about myself or the breast cancer movement as all I did was cheer and I already knew quite a bit about the movement. The service site was chaotic, I had to ask around to find my peers.
5. What stands out as the best and/or most trying experiences that occurred while engaging in your community service project? What did you learn from these experiences?
I learned that the ones against breast cancer are very enthusiastic when it comes attending walks, but what about when it comes to donating money from their pockets?
6. How did engaging in this project relate to your education and the larger issues in society?
The breast cancer walk had no relation to my education. This project relates to one of the biggest issue in our society: people’s lack of knowledge on how the donations are spent. We all believe we’re doing the right thing by participating in walks and donating money, but do you really know where the money goes and how they’re used?
7. How did your community service experience relate to the “Leadership and Service” session?
It shows me a walk without proper leadership could be a waste of man power and time. My peers and I were not led by someone knowledgeable. He gave me the impression that he’s improvising, telling us what to do on the spot.
8. How has your community service experience changed thinking, attitudes, and actions towards others, yourself, the community, and community service work as a whole?
It had no impact on my thoughts and attitude toward anything because my role was too small to generate any significance.
9. How has your community service experience impacted you personally? What is the most important thing you learned about yourself throughout this experience?
I believe supporting the walkers by cheering has no educational value.
10. Were you satisfied with your experience overall? Why or why not?
I’m not satisfied. It feels as if it created no impact at all. How would you describe the contribution of someone standing in a designated spot and cheering for others?
11. Do you see yourself staying involved in the community in your college and adult years?
If my involvement makes a significant impact and is efficiently planned, I’ll definitely lend a hand.
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