I define “Service Learning” as a service where both I and the people I help learn and get to experience the true meaning of why it is important to serve. This is not only a way to help others in the community but to help improve oneself through their own ways of dealing with service and personal qualities. I hope to gain personal confidence and growth, develop collaboration skills, and learn what makes a good leader.
Reflecting on my past experience of Service Learning, I definitely know what I hope to improve on. I felt that I was a bit impatient and came to a rush when working on projects with my mentee and I thought that doing this act of service was more for the community rather than doing this for the benefit of myself as well. I know now that a true and well organized Service Learning project takes time and is more for me than the community I serve. From its creation to its execution, it takes a lot of work but when it is completed, the reward is like nothing one can imagine.
To improve, I am going to be a lot more patient and realize that I am doing this for the good of others and me. The reasons we spend so much time and energy on Service Learning is to let privileged students learn the importance of helping other students who are not as privileged and knowing how to be thankful in life. In this way, it helps both parties involved to bond and learn about each other.
Service Learning can be especially helpful for those who have certain skills or attitudes that may need to be improved on because they can learn through this way of service. Also, because Service Learning has a very meaningful impact to the younger students and community, the mentors can learn how beneficial it is to make a difference and may be inspired and interested in independently starting their own service learning group.