Expand the Walls of Your Classroom Through Courses With Service-learning St. Thomas Newsroom November 15, 2010 Are you seeking ways to bring classroom concepts to life? Consider a course with a service-learning component. Through service-learning you have an opportunity to: develop skills that complement your academic learning work on projects of value to the broader community in addition to your professor and classmates interact more with students, faculty, and community members you might not normally meet learn more about the surrounding community, see community organizations in action, and be exposed to work settings and careers, and explore what it means to address St. Thomas’ mission of advancing the common good. The following quotes are from UST students about their participation in courses with service-learning: “I enjoyed learning about others as well as learning about myself in the process … .” “This course has opened my eyes to a community that I was unfamiliar with before.” “This course made me think outside the box and challenged me.” “Learning it is one thing; living and experiencing it in people’s lives is completely different, and service-learning helped me experience it.” “It helped to put what we learned in class into real-life situations, so it will definitely be easier to remember the class work because it was real.” “It was a great learning experience that I will carry with me for the rest of my life.” To find courses that incorporate service-learning for 2011 January Term and spring semester, visit the Service-Learning website. Click on the “Courses With Service-Learning” button on the right. For more information, contact Barb Baker, service-learning program manager, (651) 962-5380.