“I was looking for a small community…I have a lot of friends here and they are as close to me as family.”
Orson Sinclair ‘17
Find Your Place Through Service
Dr. Martin Luther King said “anyone can be great, because anyone can serve.” As a small liberal arts school in a small city, Mitchell provides a unique opportunity to get involved in local service that enriches learning while impacting our broader community. Through service, students can develop leadership skills, pursue a passion, work toward a professional goal and experience the gift of selfless giving.
Serving Together from the Beginning
Service at Mitchell begins the first week on campus during our welcome week. Students work together on projects that range from assembling care packages for the homeless and for local cancer patients to writing encouraging cards for our nation’s men and women in service.
Alternative Spring Break
Each spring, students have an opportunity to stretch themselves through service by participating in Alternative Spring Break. This trip builds community within the team, and exposes students to real world issues through service, reflection and experiential learning. Past trips include hurricane relief in New Jersey, addressing urban poverty in Baltimore, learning about and positively impacting the rural poor and environmental issues in Kentucky.
Serving our Local Community
Through special service days and projects, students rally around pressing needs in our community and local environment. Past projects include Goodwill, FRESH New London (Food: Resources, Education, Security, Health), United Way Food Center, Drop-in Learning Center, Ocean Beach, Mitchell Woods, and Mitchell Beach.
Departmental Service Opportunities
Regular service opportunities are available through various departments throughout the year. Here are just a few examples:
Athletics supports events such as a volleyball clinic for Special Olympics Connecticut; Strides Road Race raising money to support local programs and services for people with disabilities; Soles4Souls, collecting shoes for those in needs in the U.S. and in 127 countries around the world; and the American Heart Association Heart Walk, helping to support survivors and raise awareness for heart disease and stroke.
The Behavioral Sciences Department hosts: Family Halloween Festival, a free annual event drawing in over 700 members of the broader New London community for a day of arts and crafts, food, storytelling, games, performances and costume parades.
The Education Department plans and produces the Cat in the Hat Ball each winter promoting literacy and a love for reading for families with young children in our local community.
"Fit” is the modern buzzword of the college search process. And frankly, rightly so. As you consider your college experience, we encourage you to look for a place that feels right. It’s also a good idea to make a list of the qualities and characteristics that make a college and you a winning combination.
If you are looking for a college that:
Gets to know and understand each student as a uniquely talented individual
Identifies potential and encourages students in very intentional ways
Fosters growth in each student, giving them a foundation for life and career success
Is small enough to deliver on the promise of a personalized experience
Goes beyond “career services” and offers a progressive 4-year career development model, partnering with local businesses and nonprofits for professional experience
Promotes an inclusive culture that encourages students to experiment in new clubs and activities
Is nationally recognized for its academic support systems, from professional content tutors (not students) to proven comprehensive support for students with learning differences
Connects students to service opportunities that impact their world
Is in a location that offers access to New England’s natural places and some of America’s greatest cities