Participating in the Community Service Project has trained me in various ways: I learn how to access to reliable websites using the library database instead of Google; I learn how to communicate to employees of the non-profit organizations; I learn how to cooperate with my peers by working in a group. All of those that I learn from the Community Service Project relate to successfully seeking the useful resources and using them as your powerful tools.
College is a large community that contains plenty of resources we can access to, including faculty, peers, staff, support centers, the library, clubs, and etc. Tremendous resources are available to us but they are there to be used, not ignored. We should take the initiative to seek for good resources and learn how to benefit from them. No matter how great the resources are, if we do not approach to them and make use of them, they become useless. However, in reality, a lot of students are lazy and do not bother wasting their time searching for those beneficial resources; instead, they just simply using Google. Of course, it is saving time and a lot easier to operate, but how relevant are they?
Doing Community Service Project, we are able to actually invest time and effort to research those non-profit organizations. Instead of Google, we learn to use Idealist, a better and relevant website that offers volunteer and internship opportunities. We actually take a close look at each organization on the Idealist and examine which one to work for next spring. We called and emailed the companies asking questions, such as what type of volunteer they need, when they need volunteers, where the location of company is, and etc. After all that research, I feel community service becomes really sincere project as opposed to unimportant feeling I got at the beginning of the semester. We start to manipulate the resources that are offered to us and this will become an edge in other courses and my future success at Baruch.
Personally, I start to get benefits from support centers, especially Writing Center. As a Chinese immigrant who speaks English as a second language, I really need help in writing and Writing Center helps me with this issue. With its help, my writing improves a lot even though I am still not a perfect writer. Next semester, I wish to join student organizations and clubs, because I want to be more interacted and associated with my peers. I wish to become not only a successful learner but also an open-minded person.