Now listen to two students discussing the letter.
So what do you think of that letter?
Well, it might sound like a good idea, but I really don’t think it’s gonna have any of the benefits that the letter writer says it will.
So you don’t agree with it.
Nope. If anything, it’s gonna hurt our relationship with the town.
I mean forcing students to volunteer, it’s gonna make them see it as a chore, a nuisance,
and so they’re not gonna put their hearts into it, which is gonna make the university look bad.
You’re saying that students doing volunteer work in town will be unenthusiastic and...
Right. It’ll be obvious they don’t want to be there.
That’s sure not going to make things better, you know, in terms of how we’re regarded by people in the local community.
FEMALE STUDENT:-> But maybe students would learn to like it…<-MALE STUDENT
I really doubt it.
The whole idea that this is gonna encourage students to do more volunteering in the future is just ridiculous.
A lot of students are likely to come away from the experience with negative feelings about it.
Yeah, especially if their studies suffer from being forced to spend time away from them.
All the students I know already complain about not having enough time as it is.
So this extra work is going to be a bad experience--hardly inspiration for them to pursue more volunteer work after they graduate.