Written by S-L Street Team Member Cassandra Barrett
While many people love taking Service-Learning courses, some other students may find it daunting for a number of reasons. In this new series of articles, S-L Myths Busted, follow along as S-L Student Leader Cassandra tackles some S-L myths with former and current S-L students.
Katarina Radisic is a second-year studying Behavioral Neuroscience. She initially selected to take Inquiries in Biology to learn more about the use of stem cells for treatments in neurological disorders. Little did she know, she would relish in going to the LEAH Project once a week.
Myth: “Service-Learning is tiresome”
Kat’s Fact: Service-Learning is very rewarding when you are able to help others and teach them what you are passionate about. My favorite moment from S-L was laughing with the students and being able to relate to them on both academic and non-academic levels. Do not be afraid and go into these opportunities with an open mind and heart!
Myth: “Working with students is daunting”
Kat’s Fact: I learned that not everything is easy. It requires communication, teamwork, and leadership. It requires learning how to inform younger students while having their full attention. It requires being a leader and role model for those who are younger. The funniest thing that happened during my time as an S-L student was singing and dancing with the students I worked with.
Myth: “I will not gain anything from Service-Learning”
Kat’s Fact: I learned how to communicate better, with both my S-L team and my students. It was important to learn how to communicate in order to gain their attention. I gained confidence and took a leadership role while instructing the students. Both of those are extremely important because I will need these skills throughout college and my career. I will need to know how to communicate with a team and others as well as taking a respectful leadership role to make sure I get things done.