Emilee Hammond from Kansas City, MO, Betsy Webb from Memphis, TN, and Molly Harvie from Seattle, WA are U of A students majoring in Hospitality Management. In fall 2018, they joined Dr. Wang’s service learning course HESC 455V Special Topics: Festival Management and Analysis. Here’s what they say about their service learning experiences! Is it your first time taking […]

Emilee Hammond from Kansas City, MO, Betsy Webb from Memphis, TN, and Molly Harvie from Seattle, WA are U of A students majoring in Hospitality Management. In fall 2018, they joined Dr. Wang’s service learning course HESC 455V Special Topics: Festival Management and Analysis. Here’s what they say about their service learning experiences!

Molly Harvie with a feather duster from the Wool Shop at War Eagle Fair. This was a family owned business we connected with during the fair.

Is it your first time taking a service learning course?

YES

Describe ways in which the service learning experience is different from the traditional classroom approach to learning.

Hands on experience and learning through working rather than test and power points. Also making a connection with your classmates outside of class.

Describe a time when you had to use problem-solving skills during your experience.

We needed to look for ways to improve the fair when it was already a great fair we still needed to find problems. We also had to pull vendors out of their shell to talk with us.

In your opinion, what are the biggest benefits of service learning courses? And what was your biggest take away?

The biggest benefits was being able to apply what we learned and getting to help the community at the same time.

Describe your most moving experience during your service-learning course.

Learning about local culture and being able to be part of the family tradition of the War Eagle Fair.

What is your number one piece of advice you would offer to a future service-learning student?

Go in to the experience with an open mind and the more effort you put in to the class the better your experience will be.