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    <p class=”MsoNormal” style=”tab-stops: 263.25pt;”><span lang=”PT”>The way society works, I learned several things. I realized that even within community service, which for me, intuitively, was simply a select group of people with good intentions, there are many nuances and issues. The issue of othering, for example, is very pertinent. I learned that it is very common, within this field of study, that when some projects are created, the people involved put themselves in the position of superiors, with minds steeped in stereotypes and prejudices, without the intentions in the right place. With that, I realized that it is necessary to carry out, at least in the first contacts with this type of service, a conscious and continuous effort, so that these issues are at least controlled. In addition, the community service approach gave me na optimistic view about how society works. Previously, my view was quite pessimistic, as well as limited: I believed that most people had behaviors that aimed only at achieving their own interests, without any concern for their own community or other cultural groups – with the political context in Brazil and the increased dissemination and sharing of far-right ideologies, even among people close to me, it is not surprising that my perception was such. However, the closer contact with community service, through the Curriculum Unit throughout the semester and the Spring School in the last week, gave me a fraction of hope: I realized in a practical way that, in fact, there are people who they work together with the community where it has apparent flaws, helping others to achieve their interests. And for that, all that was needed was a slightly broader view of the perspectives, brought about by the opportunity to study at a college in Portugal. I wonder how many people don’t have this opportunity. Anyway, this new vision has obvious implications for my life as a person, citizen and future professional. This is because I realize that there is a place for me to do this kind of work too; of community service.</span></p>
    <p class=”MsoNormal” style=”mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto; line-height: normal; background: white;”><span lang=”PT” style=”color: black; mso-color-alt: windowtext;”>I gained a lot of learning from the experience of the Curricular Unit. Starting with the level of learning that the project itself brought, I learned a lot about how especially children, but also their parents and coordinators, were affected by the pandemic period. This learning has already been helpful to me on a personal level.</span></p>
    <p class=”MsoNormal” style=”mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto; line-height: normal; background: white;”><span lang=”PT” style=”color: black; mso-color-alt: windowtext;”>In addition, I obtained learnings related to Learning in Service. For example, how to prepare scripts, conduct interviews and analyze them, within a context of community intervention. I learned that the way to create the questions is always based on understanding the needs of that community, and how the resources we have can meet those needs.</span></p>
    <p class=”MsoNormal” style=”mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto; line-height: normal; background: white;”><span lang=”PT” style=”color: black; mso-color-alt: windowtext;”>This gives me the certainty that I will be involved in future projects, even if time is tight, and that I will remain in constant contact with community issues and social issues. In a personal sense, I believe the experience led me to a much broader worldview. It showed that with the privileges I have, it is possible to give something back to less fortunate communities in many ways. With that, it helped me to mold a very important skill for a professional in Psychology: empathy. The emergence of understanding the needs of others is very present in community projects and, for this, it is mandatory to have this empathic competence. In general, I can say that the experience of the Course Unit was immensely beneficial for me, in all areas of my life. It brought a lot of learning and a lot of reflections.</span></p>

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