It’s easy to think that you’re in your own world at college, especially if you don’t have a car. You eat, sleep, work and have fun within the boundaries of campus. And we have an amazing campus here at SU, but the reality is that we are part of the larger City of Syracuse community.
As students, we can take a little time out of our busy schedules to give back to that community. One of my most rewarding college experiences has been volunteering with the Boys and Girls Club of Syracuse.
I started volunteering at the Boys and Girls Club the first semester of my freshman year. At first, I was only planning on volunteering until I fulfilled the community service requirement for one of my classes. However, I soon realized that volunteering was something I wanted to keep doing. As a sophomore, I still walk or ride the bus once or twice a week to the Central Village Boys and Girls Club to tutor and just hang out with the kids. I get the opportunity to work with amazing kids from diverse backgrounds. We definitely learn from each other, and volunteering is as much of a learning experience for me as it is for them.
Even though it’s just a couple hours a week, for me volunteering is an opportunity to interact with people that aren’t college professors or students. It is a reminder that we are all part of the Syracuse community, and as members of the community we can make a positive difference for ourselves and others.