Between juggling homework, spending time with family and friends, and making sure to stay healthy, giving back to the community and fitting in some volunteer time can seem impossible. However, there are various ways to show gratitude for your community and campus with a little extra time! One of the first things that come to mind when thinking of gratitude is volunteering, and with it comes the thought of spending every weekend at the animal shelter. While volunteering can require a certain amount of dedication (who doesn’t love spending some time with dogs), it is understandable that college students don’t have too much free time on their hands, if any. However, despite a strict budget—both fiscally and timewise—there are still numerous ways to show gratitude in your community!If you're an RA (and if you aren't, then you can suggest it to your RA), think about hosting activities around the holidays to cultivate a community culture on campus. Consider a game night or informal dinner to get students to participate more actively on campus and meet some new people. Fostering a sense of community is the first step to showing gratitude for that community.