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Tuesday, October 17, 2006

College students are smarter than us

Some call them lazy, but a new study shows college students volunteer at a rate that's grown sharply over the past few years. The growth rate is more than double that for all volunteers. About 30 percent of college students are volunteering, with tutoring and mentoring the most common activities.
What does this indicate? To me, it says college students have figured out how to take classes, study, party and still have time to volunteer. I bet they could teach us a thing or two about balance.
Here's another figure that wowed me: Students who work part-time (up to 15 hours per week) volunteer at higher rates than students who don't have jobs. The study realsed by the Corporation for National & community Service is revealing. It found students stuck to commitments to service that they made at the time of 9/11.
While we adults struggle with work/life balance, college students have found a way to do it all. Perhaps the rest of us should take lessons from them.


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