Volunteering is not only an important part of college, but it’s a great way to give back and make yourself feel good! I’ve had a lot of great volunteer opportunities, including tutoring and mentoring elementary school kids at a public library, helping out at different events, like the Día de Los Muertos festival, and even building houses in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. It’s a great feeling knowing you can give back or just help someone out every now and then. Because let’s face it, we could all use a helping hand every now and then, so why not let it be for someone else?
College can be an intimidating place if you don’t know anyone. Many students who have a good experience in college have most likely made a strong group of friends. I encourage all new students to make as many friends as possible so that they become more comfortable in their new home over the next few years.
Keep the tips below in mind once you start your college career.
- Introduce yourself to people in your classes. Not only are you making a friend, but a study buddy as well.
- Join campus clubs. Being involved in clubs is a great way to try new things and make friends while doing it!
- Volunteer for organizations. Volunteering not only looks good on your resume but also is another way of forming relationships with students.
- Go to school events. Whether it is a sports game or guest speaker series, make sure you go and mingle with fellow colleagues!
- Work on campus. Many campuses offer student employment on campus. This is another way to make money and form bonds with fellow students.
- Involve yourself in sports or physical activity classes. Being part of a team is a great way to make life-long friendships!
When I graduated community college and looked back on my two years I noticed that I had not been at all involved in school activities. Once I entered CSU Channel Islands I decided that when I graduated I wanted to look back and say that I had been involved in school. I became a member of different clubs and became a member of a great program called LEAP (Leaders in Education Awareness Program). LEAP has helped me meet amazing new people who I enjoy seeing every Friday when we give tours and presentations to K-8 students about college. Every Friday I look forward to meeting new children and talking to them about anything that’s on their minds. I also enjoy spending my Fridays with the rest of the LEAP members because even though we are so different we share the same desire to volunteer our time to such an amazing program. Because of LEAP I know I will look back and remember that I did get involved and that my years at CSU Channel Islands will be unforgettable thanks to the people I have met and the children I have helped.