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Each year, thousands of students at American colleges and universities flock to a variety of opportunities to serve their community as a requirement for a class – I was one of those students. In the Atlanta area, there are many opportunities for service in the sciences. The class I took focused on cancer biology and thus we focused our service on cancer-related projects. Part of my service was working at the American Cancer Society Hope Lodge. I also prepared children’s activities at the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, and facilitated an on-campus Relay for Life team. All of these experiences were fulfilling in their own way through my foray into cancer-related volunteerism. Ultimately, these opportunities enlightened me to several key facets of service currently in practice: service opportunity attendance, increased linguistic and socioeconomic barriers, and reaching supporters’ minds, not just their wallets. Specific experiences revealed the aforementioned as issues in the status quo, and after careful reflection and internal dialogue, several solutions exist.