Serving Others

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By Natalie Sharp
nsharp@smu.edu

One of the many wonderful things about SMU are the numerous ways for its students to get involved. With over 180 different student organizations, students are bound to find at least a handful of organizations they would be interested in becoming a part of. Whether you become a president of the club, a secretary, or even just a general member, not only is becoming part of a student organization a great way to meet new friends but it also looks awesome on your resume. The student organizations on campus were formed by students and include a variety of interests including personal, social, political, recreation and religion. Not to mention, a lot of what the student organizations are involved in is often very rewarding work. Students have the opportunity to become involved in the Dallas community in many ways.

First, students can get involved in SMU’s Service-learning where in some courses, professors will connect the course-work with community service. How neat is that? Talk about hands on experience. For more information, go to: http://smu.edu/lci/sl/servicelearn.asp

Second, SMU’s Service House is available for students who love community service. The service house is an old fraternity house on campus and is home to the 28 students selected be a part of this program. Community service is a requirement for those students living in the house. For more information, go to: http://people.smu.edu/smush/.

Third, the Academic Community Engagement (ACE) House. This is where four SMU students have the opportunity to actually live and work in an East Dallas house, where they, along with other SMU students, tutor the neighborhood children. For more information, go to: http://smu.edu/ace/

These are just a few of the many great student programs here at SMU. I encourage you to become involved during your college career. The benefits to doing so are countless! Have a wonderful week!

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