What Do You Get Out of Serving Others?
Published on January 8, 2013 by Staff Writer
The dictionary states that the definition of service is an act of helpful activity; help; aid. Service learning is defined as engaging students in a three-part process:
- Classroom preparation through explanation and analysis of theories and ideas
- Service activity that emerges from and informs classroom context
- Structured reflection tying service experience back to specific learning goals
In addition to being an educational institution that helps students further their education and empower them to improve their financial livelihood, Broadview University-West Jordan strives to be a member of the community that lives by C.G. Jung’s quote, “You are what you do.”
Broadview University has the pleasure of having Debbi Macfarlane-Clayton as the West Jordan service learning program chair. Each quarter, Debbi guides and encourages dozens of her students to serve in their communities. At the end of this past quarter, students chose to serve in several institutions like The Salvation Army, and Globus Relief.
Some gave service to their own fellow students by taking the responsibility to provide gifts to the children of struggling students this past holiday season. And finally, another group gave their time and energy, serving in their local animal shelter, by cleaning cages, walking and playing with the dogs.
On Dec.18, 2012, the last day of fall quarter classes, the student groups presented their projects to their fellow classmates about the five W’s (Who, What, Where, When, Why), showcasing their projects’ events and experiences.
The group that served as bell-ringers for the Salvation Army shared how that experience generated feelings of deep respect and appreciation for the many bell-ringers that they have seen outside many stores through the years. These are people who stand for 7-8 hours a day, 30 days of the month, without complaining. One of the group members bought a plastic tarp with his own money so they could cover the donated toys from the snow. Another one bought toys to give the illusion of more donated toys, and hopefully get people to donate more.
Students who served Globus Relief shared their experiences as they removed old labels from medical equipment for hours. The used equipment would be packaged and sent to less-privileged medical facilities across the world. Students described how the simplicity of what they had performed for hours would make a huge difference in many people’s lives.
Broadview University-West Jordan is proud to have students of such high character and charity that serve as examples in their school and communities.
Here are some service-related quotes to ponder:
“Though my work may be menial, though my contribution may be small, I can perform it with dignity and offer it with unselfishness. My talents may not be great, but I can use them to bless the lives of others…. The goodness of the world in which we live is the accumulated goodness of many small and seemingly inconsequential acts.” – Gordon B. Hinckley
“The best way to find yourself, is to lose yourself in the service of others.” – Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi
“You are what you do, not what you say you’ll do.” – C.G. Jung
So, what do you get out of your service to others?