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Some Quotations to Get You Thinking

"Be the change you want to see in the world." – Mohandas Gandhi

“A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes

“The meaning of things lies not in the things themselves, but in our attitude towards them.” - Antoine de Saint Exupery

“The best test, and the most difficult to administer is: Do those served grow as persons; do they, while being served, become healthier, wiser, freer, more autonomous, more likely themselves to become servants?” – Robert Greenleaf

“I was taught that the world had a lot of problems; that I could struggle and change them; that intellectual and material gifts brought the privilege and responsibility of sharing with others less fortunate; and that service is the rent each of us pay for a living... the very purpose of life, and not something you do in your spare time or after you have reached your personal goals.” - Marian Wright Edelman

Reflecting on Your Service for VCU Globe

One of the best, most unique aspects of the VCU Globe program is its global engagement requirement: 40+ hours of service with and for members of other cultures on campus, locally, and internationally. In order to truly learn these valuable experiences, however, we must look back on and critically think about those experiences. Some other benefits of reflecting on your service include:

  • Gives meaning to the experience (was goal accomplished, how did we do, how is community served by this, how is this part of a larger effort, etc.)
  • Can help volunteers understand the limitations and opportunities of the service site or community organization
  • Relieves tension and provides re-energizing and renewal (especially important when service is emotionally challenging)
  • Integration of service into the rest of one’s life – developing a “spirit” of service and civic-mindedness
  • Can create a sense of closure, especially important after a long service period, project, or emotional experience.

Adapted from “Learning Through Service,” Kate McPherson, Project Service Leadership, and “Possible Outcomes of Service Learning,” National Youth Leadership Council.

Reflection Prompts

Adapted from the Americorps Service Reflection Toolkit

Additional Reflection Resources