Columbia Urban Experience (CUE) is a pre-orientation program for Barnard College, Columbia College, General Studies/Jewish Theological Seminary Joint Program and The Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science students that empowers incoming first-years to explore what it means to effectively engage in one's community through direct service in the city of New York. We aim to explore the ethical perspectives of service, obstacles to conducting meaningful work, and forms of thoughtful, sustainable, and responsible service as university students in NYC. The program enhances CUE-ers' experiences at various service sites with article-based discussions as well as opportunities to hear from individuals who have conducted work in the non-profit sector and who have encountered and considered these issues. Through the support of deeply committed student leaders, participation in CUE eases the first-years' transition to college and provides valuable mentoring that lasts well beyond the CUE week. As the school year begins, CUE fosters an ongoing commitment to service, while maintaining the CUE family that will support and inspire CUE-ers in their leadership and social justice endeavors at Columbia University and beyond.