Auburn Honors College students kick off the school year with a week of service
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Eighty Auburn University Honors College students arrived on campus a week earlier this semester to serve the community and work to end poverty in Alabama.
The Week of Service, in its ninth year, inspires students to raise awareness of poverty and is a call to action to improve the community through understanding, advocacy and helping those who need it most.
“The Service Week program was definitely my favorite part of my Honors College experience,” said Avery Bates, a junior majoring in pre-vet animal science. “I participated as an incoming student, counselor, and now chief counselor, and in doing so, I developed a purpose to give back to the Auburn community, which is so important to the mission of Honors College. “
Students spread out across Lee and Tallapoosa counties to volunteer with the Alabama Department of Rural, or ARM, Storybook Farms, East Alabama Food Bank, and Tallapoosa County Girls Ranch. They also participated in poverty and grocery simulations, lectures, readings, films and panel discussions, all focused on examining how socioeconomic disparities shape people’s lives.
“The service week completely changed my outlook on poverty,” said freshman Jason Adkins, who majors in professional flight. “From volunteering at service sites to learning about the myriad of factors that can affect someone’s socio-economic status, I feel my empathy has increased dramatically, along with my motivation to make a difference in my community. .”
A recent survey of students who participated in the program found that 77% said participation in Service Week influenced their continued involvement in community service while at Auburn. Each year, students find that Service Week is both enlightening and challenging as they develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills that will help them become servant leaders.
The week of service began in 2014 when the Honors College adopted the theme of poverty to educate students about its causes and effects in the state of Alabama, the nation, and the world.