For those of you that are in high school, I'm sure that you've spent time doing some sort of community service. It is a great way to give back to the community, meet new people, and have fun! There are many ways to continue that at Carlson and the U of M too.
Net Impact is a student group at Carlson that does many volunteer projects throughout the year, and they help students learn to apply their business skills to bring out a positive change in the community. Women in Business puts on a "Dream Date" event each year where they auction off date packages to raise money for charity, and the Student Accounting and Financing Association organizes a 5k run for the Ronald McDonald House near campus.
Across the university you can join groups like Habitat for Humanity and Students Today, Leaders Forever (STLF). STLF organizes a Pay It Forward Tour each spring break. Students ride charter buses all over the country and do service projects in different cities along the way. I've had a lot of friends go on the tours, and they had an awesome experience. I also went to Relay for Life last year with a group I'm in, and last year the university raised almost $200,000! It was a great time. So you can see that there are tons of ways at the U of M to have fun and help people out at the same time!