If you are interested in building specific skills necessary for community engagement with a more traditional method, the Einhorn Center offers courses and engaged research opportunities for students to develop skills and earn certificates in leadership. Community-engaged learning offers a unique opportunity to directly apply the hard and soft skills you learn both inside and outside the classroom to real-world situations. Working collaboratively with community members creates an educational experience that allows both parties to learn from each other.
I wiped graham cracker crumbs from my lips and gulped down one last gooey mouthful of marshmallow and chocolate as I traipsed down the Slope. It didn’t taste very good. I continued to distance myself from the Arts Quad on my descent to West Campus — and yet, I still couldn’t shake the saccharine aftertaste that the s’more left behind. Supposedly, I had consumed the s’more in the name of service. Realistically, my only takeaways were sticky fingers glued together by melted marshmallows and a $6 charge on my Venmo account.
Dented cans, plastic cups and empty bottles litter Collegetown lawns and streets each weekend, yet many of these remnants disappear before Monday classes resume. But the aftermath of Cornell’s late-night parties does not magically vanish. Beyond regularly scheduled trash collection, a number of students and campus service groups have taken up the quiet task of removing the debris scattered around Collegetown. Jacob Llodra ’21 began collecting recyclables with one of his housemates during this year’s Orientation Week. He removes bottles and cans from streets and sidewalks each week and redeems them, earning five cents for each one he processes at Wegmans.
The MEDLIFE students and doctors worked in mobile clinics and traveled from village to village across Southern Lima. Students acted as informal medical and dental assistants, working in tents that were set up roadside.
The extreme weather and wind chill that swept Ithaca last week emphasized problems for homeless individuals in the Ithaca community — and so Cornell’s co-ed service fraternity Alpha Phi Omega has once again continued a project where students knit free clothes for the people in need.