Service Learning Student Creates Life Journal for Hospice Patient

Service Learning

By: Jessica Baltzersen

File Under: communication and new media studies, crossroads hospice, service learning

Last year Ashley Eilers, now a senior in Communication and New Media Studies, added a service learning credit onto her fiction writing course. She chose to work with Crossroads Hospice where she created a life journal for a hospice patient. Eilers interviewed the patient by gathering information about her life stories from over the years and compiled them into a book, completed with pictures.

“The experience was rewarding in ways that I couldn’t have expected,” says Eilers.

Not only did Eilers learn about the patient’s life, she also gained a deeper understanding in her writing course. “The experience sparked countless story ideas for short fiction pieces,” she says, “I was able to practice and apply my writing and interviewing skills outside of a classroom assignment.”

Eilers says she was humbled to be a part of the service work and proud of her accomplished project. Before the patient passed away, she was able to see the completed book which her family now has to remember her stories and experiences by for generations to come.