Service and Ut Prosim
There’s no better way to connect your classroom learning to real-world experiential learning than through service. The opportunities are available and exciting- whether it is volunteering on a local farm, in a covid-testing clinic, or helping start a community garden. Talk with your advisor and faculty members about service opportunities in your field. Also check out VTEngage, VTYMCA, and Homefield Farm, right here on campus.
“Creating a community in which individuals feel that they belong is something that I am very passionate about. I found a community that I belong to here at Virginia Tech and to have the opportunity to provide that to other individuals is something that I wouldn't trade for the world. When an individual truly feels that they are involved, that feeling is contagious. It allows for an environment of creativity that would otherwise go unnoticed. That is why service is important to me. It allows the unseen to become a reality and all it takes is a helping hand to nurture it.” - Vincent Russo APSC ‘23
CALS Students Who Embrace Ut Prosim as a Way of Life
Many students in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences are actively involved in serving others. The following students have been recently recognized from the Division of Student Affairs as recipients of the Aspire! Award for “Embracing Ut Prosim as a Way of Life.” Click on their stories to read about some of their remarkable service activities!
Alex Brinley said that when she was younger, she swore up and down that she would never go to an in-state school. “I needed to spread my wings,” she said. “My parents had to force me to go look at Virginia Tech, expecting nothing. It was a rainy, cold day and I tried so hard to hate it. And I couldn’t. That’s when I knew I found the place where I was meant to be.” -Alex Brinley APSC ‘22
Macie Snelson fully embraces the Virginia Tech motto. She said, “No matter what you have going on, how many things you have to do, or even if you feel like you're not doing too well in life yourself, you should always make time to serve others. Service won't only help those you are serving, but it can help improve your mood, your self-esteem, and it will help you to see the good in the world.” -Macie Snelson AGRB ‘22