Psychology Students Learn Through Service
Service learning has long been integrated into parts of the curriculum at Trinity. But Dr. Mary Lynn Colosimo and her psychology students take service learning to a whole new level.
In her course, Orientation to Psychology as a Major, Colosimo requires her students to spend 10 hours of their time in service to others at an existing organization. In addition to these hours, the students must spend at least 10 hours developing and implementing their own service project. These service opportunities, according to Colosimo, are an opportunity for personal, intellectual, professional, and social growth.
Students in Psychology 200 organized such events as dinners for the homeless, youth mentoring groups, and a fashion show benefiting the Chicago Children’s Advocacy Center.
Nicole Blamey ’12 of Northlake, Illinois, and Galina Ivanova ’12 of Wheeling, Illinois, used their time to start a dance team for young girls at Restoration Ministries in Harvey, Illinois.
“I wanted to be able to share my love for dance with little girls who might not get the privilege of taking a dance class, and to spread God’s word through dance,” said Blamey. “I have come to learn about my love and passion for children, and this ministry has brought out leadership skills I have that I never knew existed.”
Analise Flier ’12 of Lowell, Michigan, Joni Weidenaar ’12 of Manhattan, Montana, and Jamie Parise ’12 of Orland Park, organized a project with the Share Your Soles Foundation in Alsip, Illinois, an organization that provides shoes for thousands of impoverished people worldwide.
The girls distributed flyers around campus and sent email announcements which read, “A pair of shoes is such a simple, yet profound gift,” appealing to the students to help with this humbling cause.
Colosimo couldn’t be more proud of her students. “Service learning is required in my courses as ‘the rent we pay for living on this planet,’” said Colosimo. “I wanted students to experience the creation of their own service project after witnessing a need in their midst. The student projects were an amazing testimony to their service commitment.”
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