When I enrolled in Latino Religions last spring, I somehow overlooked that it was a service-learning course. Upon finding this out on the first day of class, I was surprised. I did not know what to expect, but I knew the course would be different from any others I had taken. After spending some time participating in service learning at St. Matthew’s Cathedral and Pre GED School, I knew that the course has presented me with a wonderful opportunity.
Just this morning, I had the opportunity to attend an ESL class at Pre GED School. Before class began, I chatted with the students, mostly stay-at-home mothers. Everyone was very welcoming, and they all seemed excited to start the day’s lesson. A few minutes later, Kathy, their teacher, began class, encouraging everyone to speak in English for the rest of the morning. Some students seemed nervous and hesitant, but they all participated in class discussions despite these feelings.
I admired their courage as they read the paragraphs they had prepared in front of the class. I admired their willingness to help each other understand challenging concepts. I admired their thirst for learning.
Around 10 this morning, I had to leave Pre GED School and head back to SMU. After saying goodbye to Kathy and her students, I was sure of one thing: Through activities like this ESL class, St. Matthew’s Cathedral and Pre GED School are passionately serving the members of our community. Fortunately, service learning has allowed me to be a part of this.