It’s easy to get lost in the busy swirl of college life, but that doesn’t mean you should forget the world outside your campus. In fact, one of the best parts of college is that you’re really part of something bigger–a community–and with that in mind, get out there and contribute! Plus community service looks great on a resume, which will help later when you’re trying to find a job. The trick is making time to serve:
- Do community service that’s already organized. Most likely your school already has a campus organization or two that’s involved in community service. Ask the Office of Student Life or Student Affairs which clubs have a service component, and join up. That way you can socialize and do community service at the same time.
- Look around campus. A helping hand is a helping hand, so if you’re just too pressed for time to get off campus, then stay on. For example, you could ask the college library if they need tutors, or you could ask academic departments if students are looking for help in subjects such as math, physics, and English. Not only will you be doing a good deed, but you’ll also be assisting your peers. It’s a win-win.
- Get virtual. Another option for those who can’t quite get off campus: work from home. Reach out to a non-profit organization or two and see if they need any help creating spreadsheets, writing some press releases or memos, or whatever. It won’t take up much of your time and your help will go a long way.
- Make use of your weekends. Of course some of your weekend time should be spent studying (and sleeping!). But consider squeezing in a few hours of community service. You can help out at a church, or a soup kitchen, or a library, or a shelter–there are endless opportunities.
- Make use of winter, spring, and summer breaks. Big breaks are for big adventures, right? Then it’s the perfect time to go travel and get involved. Think about community service on a local and global scale. If you were going to travel abroad anyway, you might as well do some service while you’re there. You’ll get to know your host country more intimately and will probably come away from it with some long-lasting friendships.