A Reflection on Service Learning: Working at Easter Seals Child Care

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Monads Gandhi once said, “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” Before this experience, I did not understand this quote; however, now I understand this whole-heartedly. The first time I heard about service learning at Saint Anselm College was when I took a tour in my Junior year in high school. As the tour guide was explaining what service learning was, it immediately sparked my interest. As a student, I learn better in a more hands-on atmosphere, and this experience seemed perfect for me. After arriving at Saint Anselm College and being offered to participate in service, I definitely knew that it was something that I wanted to participate in. I feel very fortunate to have had this experience, and …show more content…

I expected the work to be challenging and I was nervous because I didn’t know what to expect and didn’t know what types of families the children would be coming from. I was also fearful of offending any of the children or parents, and wanted to make sure that I was respectful and understanding of the situation I was being placed in. All of these emotions were occurring the morning that I went for my first day of volunteering; however, as soon as I met the fifteen beautiful children, my fears turned into excitement to get to know each and every one of them. Before beginning my experience at Easter Seals Child Care, I was fearful, nervous and excited. After attending the service learning meeting, and hearing some of the stories that students had experienced at their sites, I was apprehensive and intimidating about the whole experience; however, once I became comfortable in the classroom, all of my fears and nerves disappeared. The first day I entered the classroom, the teacher that I was volunteering for, Miss Kelly, seemed intimidating and did not give me much direction as to what my duties were, so I had to go up to the children and introduce myself on my own which was very nerve-racking. Also, I was fearful that the parents may not like that I was playing with their children; however, the only experience I had with a parent was when they thought I was the teacher. A mother came up to me as I was making clay sculptures with three little girls and questioned,

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