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Every College Student Should Be Required to Give Three Credit Hours Worth of Community Services a Year

All people should always be occupied with some type of community service, not only in college, but in all stages of their life. There are a lot of young people who need help in creating their work ethic, and level of motivation towards work and helping other people. For some students it is hard to get a habit of volunteering for community service but they should be required to give three credit hours worth of community services a year.

It would seem wise that the college students also receive proper recognition working as volunteers in community service overtime, so as to compensate any option of them feeling taken for granted. This kind of recognition could be connected with the students` arriving on time to their service place, also with their active work while carrying out their service, and the quantity of time of service they complete. All of these things should be thought out while rewarding students for over time work as community service volunteers.

The main reason why a lot of young people don’t volunteer for community service is that they do not have experience in it, so they lack any kind of basic foundations with reaching out and serving others. This is regrettable, as our world could be a much better place if only more individuals in each community offered their help to others, developing a higher potential in themselves. There could be so many more people walking around with positive attitudes, rather than the plenty of negativity that is so common in our society nowadays.

Most young people don’t completely realize that there is a great need to their help, and there is a great number of people who are praying for a bit of assistance and help in their poverty-stricken lives. All of us can help and we should help other people. The sooner we start assisting others in life, the better the life of our community will be. Every college student should be required to give at least three credit hours worth of community services a year, but the more student works for community the better it becomes.

Participation of college students in community services can help not only the community, but students also; it helps the young person’s all-round development. Obviously community projects should not expose students to inconvenient dangers. Such projects should be well supervised; be appropriate the abilities of college students; provide them the scope to expand their knowledge and skills; give an opportunity to serve or carry out a useful role; cooperate with chosen individuals from the community and become a real part of community, incorporated in it, not segregated from it; and the topic of the community project should be interesting for the student.

There are a lot of community projects that are possible for a large range of ages and abilities: from assisting in planting trees and vegetation with a land care group of activists, to working behind the scenes chores at a drop-in centers; from amuse elderly in nursing homes, to performing a working bee at the neighboring playgroup; from giving lessons on computers or teaching technology to retirees, to studying various languages or crafts from community groups; from cleaning yards to working in garden. There can be found a lot of interesting and useful work for college students. There are a lot of community projects that can involve college students.

As it was mentioned before, participation of college students in community services is useful for both, the community and students. So here are the benefits that students get:

  1. Students gains new skills, knowledge, experience and abilities on practice.
  2. The social integration of students goes somehow to alleviating the generation gap, which is the problem in communication and understanding between citizens of different ages. Young college students are brought into connection and relationship with people they would otherwise not meet.
  3. The young student has an opportunity to integrate with the community, create relationships with mature role models, revealing themselves to positive examples that supplement their narrow world of immature peers.
  4. Young people are used think and act beyond self-interest and individual gain; and do something useful for their community. Participating in community services, students have an opportunity to develop a sense of responsibility for it in a way that couldn’t be possible if they were not a part of it, helping and supporting it directly.
  5. College students extend their feeling of personal identity considering themselves as a useful part of the wider community. Even little approval and belonging in this wider community is so precious to rival the world of gangs and indecisive peer acceptance that otherwise influences greatly their lives.
  6. Young students of college will grow in self-worth understanding they have much to offer the community – particularly if they are sharing a skill or knowledge – and have to be empowered to understand that they have a positive and necessary role to play in helping other people, so serving their sense of self-worth and self-value.
  7. There are a lot of community projects that are simply fun to do, providing college students a break from the classroom and boring routine that otherwise dominates their everyday lives. College students and the community get benefits as soon as suitable and safe tasks are provided to students and they are properly supervised.

As it was mentioned already, providing community services by college students bring benefits to everyone. It will positively impact students, providing them an opportunity to get to know more of their neighboring community members. The students will become a bit deterred from being involved in any ‘extra-curricular’ activities that could make them feel useful. Providing community services students will help not only others, but themselves also, with obtaining new skills, and the chance for some of them – that may have been going down the wrong road – to turn their lives around.