Name: Lauren Scornavacca
Role within Service-Learning: Service-Learning Teaching Assistant for Cornerstone of Engineering
Did you find Service-Learning or did Service-Learning find you?
Service-Learning found me! The summer before my freshman year I received an email from Professor Freeman. She is in charge of Service-Learning in the Cornerstone of Engineering course (which would later become the course that I am the S-LTA for). She asked if I was interested in participating in the Service-Learning section of the class and the rest is history! Looking back, her detailed description in the email that she sent of what Service-Learning entailed was spot-on and the experience was all that she said it would be and more. I loved it so much that I have gone on to take five S-L courses in the past year and a half (and I look forward to taking many many MANY more).
What is your favorite memory of Service-Learning?
My favorite memory of Service-Learning was when I was a student working at one of my sites during my first semester at Northeastern. It was our last week at the service site and I had a child that I was working with come up to me and say “Miss Lauren- I want to grow up and be just like you. I am going to teach people how to build cool robots”. Not only did it confirm to me that I was pursuing the right career, but it also let me see how much Service-Learning was really making an impact. It is a moment that I will never forget.
If Service-Learning were an animal, what would it be and why?
Service-Learning would be a penguin because they value their community above all else. And although they wouldn’t be considered “perfect” birds because they can’t fly, they use their resources in order to best suit their needs!