Service Learning Shapes Student's Campus Experience

Careese Peters

10/4/2011

The dynamism of the campus community service programs were what tipped the balance in favor of Suffolk University when Careese Peters was deciding where to attend college.

Her uncle, English Professor Quentin Miller, introduced her to the S.O.U.L.S. Community Service and Service Learning Center during a campus tour for prospective students, and she immediately felt a connection with its mission.

Making connections

Peters is now a S.O.U.L.S. Community Partnerships Service Scholar, seeking out service opportunities that meet the interests of students like her who want work for the benefit of their communities.

“Any Suffolk student is welcome to come to me with a Boston nonprofit that they would like to connect with,” she said. “I really want to find service opportunities that the student body wants to be a part of.”

"Incredible people"

While Peters was enthusiastic about service learning from the start, she credits the service learning staff with helping her reach a high level of involvement in S.O.U.L.S.

“Without (Assistant Director of Service Learning ) Tim Albers, I would not be a community service scholar,” said Peters. “He encouraged me to apply and really made me feel welcome in the office from the first day I entered it. He and (Director of Service Learning ) Carolina Garcia have created a working environment I already feel completely comfortable in.

"I feel so lucky to have both of them and the other S.O.U.L.S. scholars in my life. They are all incredible people.”

Friendship group

Peters, who is studying Environmental Science, said that S.O.U.L.S. also helped her build her campus social community as she entered freshman year.

“S.O.U.L.S. has introduced me to some of my best friends and has given me so much more than I ever dreamed I would get from the office,” she said.

Taking service on the road

“I was able to travel to Detroit on an Alternative Spring Break trip and experience service work around Boston that broadened my view of the city and increased my awareness of the needs of the homeless population. I am thrilled to be part of the upcoming service trip to El Salvador in the winter.

This year's S.O.U.L.S. student leadership team includes Ana Vargas, Careese Peters, Curtis Blyden, Diana Arntz, Alexandra Soto and Lina Rodriguez.

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