Part IV: Service and Social Justice Reflection

            Section I: Service Reflection

I’ve talked about my service experience in another part of this portfolio. Service is so important to FLP. To us it’s not just a chore or something that we dread to do but do anyways. It was a way for us to reach out and to connect with other people. When you’re surrounded by college students and teachers all the time, it’s nice to have a break and play with kids. They’re so cheerful and lively. I look forward to service each week. I think that it’s a great experience to learn about the community and to learn about others. Diversity was something that I wasn’t expecting out of the service sites. I didn’t realize how different kids could interact with one other because of how they looked. I have never volunteered a lower class comunity before. It was nice to see kids so happy to be running around and playing. They all seem to know where they want to go in life and they want to get there. 

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            Section II: Service vs. Social Justice 

Since working with the Creighton Center for Service and Justice, I’ve learned about so much about different social justice issues that need to be discuessed. Things like minimum wage raises, Earth Week, pipeline, and mission work are important to the world. I believe that it is possible for one person to make a difference. It only takes one action to do something amazing. It seems funny that a single college in the Omaha, Nebraska can make a difference on the world but it can. 

Doing service can be part of social justice but doing social justice isn’t exactly service. Social justice is the view that everyone deserves equal economic, political and social rights and opportunities. Social workers aim to open the doors of access and opportunity for everyone, particularly those in greatest need. Social justice is geared towards a equal opportunity for all. Service is a person willing to choose to help others. I could go on a long rant about what I believe for this topic, I just want my point to be that we should all be more aware of the service and social justice opportunites out there. There are so many ways we can help but we don’t hear about or don’t realize how we can help. 

© Ayet Nguyen 2016