Why Community Service
In grooming visionary entrepreneurs and global business leaders of tomorrow, SMU recognizes the importance of preparing our students to be responsible citizens, demonstrating leadership and integrity within the communities they live and work. We want our students to give back to society. Our students are thus required to complete a minimum of 80 hours in community service as part of their graduation requirement.
What are the learning goals for Community Service?
Through community service, we hope to achieve the following:
- Develop qualities in students such as purposefulness, empathy and humility
- Help students acquire new skills, interests and knowledge
- Help students to form habits of volunteerism and contributing to the community
- Provide opportunities for students to be creative and work together to address society’s needs
- Acquaint students with career possibilities in the nonprofit sector or in the CSR field
When can you begin your community service?
The community service attachment may be undertaken anytime during students’ course of study at SMU after you have attended the compulsory community service briefing conducted by C4SR. We encourage students to start early so as to have sufficient time to complete your graduation requirement. Starting earlier also gives you the opportunity to find a cause that you are passionate about, which you can continue to support beyond the 80 hours requirement. Many SMU students continue to volunteer beyond their graduation requirement as they see the impact of their contributions and wish to continue to help serve the non-profit organisations and the beneficiaries.
How can you maximize your community service experience?
Go with a positive attitude. In the course of your service, reflect on your experience, how you have been impressed and challenged by the community service attachment, what you have learned about yourself in the process, how your worldview has been shaped and your attitudes about future careers in social service or needs in the community that you can help to address. It is hoped that, once experienced and internalized, the community service exposure will become a lifelong commitment to community engagement and social responsibility.