S-L Student & Faculty Reflections

#CapturingCommunity: Taylor Drysdale

Name: Taylor Drysdale

Role within Service-Learning: S-L Student, Teaching Assistant, & Alumni

College Affiliation: College of Science, College of Professional Studies

Major: Psychology (and candidate for Masters in Elementary Education)

Minor: Spanish

How are your values expressed through your community engagement and Service-Learning work?
I’ve always tried my best to keep my life centered around community and helping others. As a future educator, I especially love being a part of the lives of young people. Being a student in the S-L program and then a TA has allowed me to work with students from the age of 5 to 20 years old. Through this program I have been able to do what I love, give back to my community and learn so much along the way.

What is one thing everyone should know about Service-Learning?
Service-Learning is more than a class requirement! For many it may start out as something you do for the grade, but it always ends up meaning something more. It is an integral part of the course and without it that class just wouldn’t be the same and neither would we as students!

Did you find Service-Learning or did Service-Learning find you?
Service-Learning found me! I randomly got placed in Education in the Community my first semester of freshman year which is a Service-Learning course. There were only three freshman in the class and I was at first so intimidated. However, I immediately fell in love and ended up TAing that same course a year later!

If Service-Learning were a color, what would it be and why?
Maybe this is a corny answer but Service-Learning is a rainbow. It is made up of so many vibrant, different, colorful people and organizations. While each of us is unique, together we make up something even more beautiful!

If Service-Learning were a song, what would it be and why?
The first song that popped into my head was “We Are Family” by Sister Sledge. Everyone in the S-L program is so wonderful and kind that even if you don’t know someone so well you can still count on them to be friendly and helpful. It’s such a great community to be part of!

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