Launch Your Career in College: Strategies for Students, Educators, and Parents

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Chapter 6
Gaining Internships, Working, Service Learning, and Volunteering

All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them.

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THE VALUE OF GETTING INVOLVED

If I could, I would require every student in every major to take as many work and volunteer experiences as possible before graduating. It is only through these kinds of experiences, which you yourself choose, that you learn more about who you are now and who you want to be. It is particularly valuable to see your story and dreams compared to your classmates with very different experiences and backgrounds. Never before has a college campus been such a world microcosm with immigrant and foreign students and with those from different races, religions, and economic backgrounds—all with different ideas, values, and histories. College is often your first chance to find friends from a more diverse student body than you ever imagined. You will come to care about classmates whom you may have met through work in a soup kitchen, a cancer walk, a

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