Tuesday, October 25, 2011

The Importance Of Being Involved On Campus: From A Student’s Point of view

Getting involved on campus is a completely different experience than just being involved in the classroom. Don’t get me wrong, classroom knowledge is the core to your college career but campus involvement will send your knowledge and experience level over the top.

I once read a quote that says, “Knowledge without know how is not enough.”

This quote holds its truths. The classes you take give you the knowledge you need, but being involved gives you the knowledge of knowing how to do it. Use what you learn in class and prefect it through allowing yourself to gain personal and professional experience.

Being involved with a Registered Student Organization can open your eyes to a world of opportunity within itself.

For example, I’ll share my experience of being a member of Student Government at Ferris State University.

I began my journey on Student Government during my sophomore year of college. Since then I have sat on many committees such a Diversity, Internal Assessment and Academic Senate.
Through I gained skills from those committees those are not the ones that really stood out to me.
It was when I became the Readership Program Chair, Social Media Specialist for Student Government and joined the Public Relations committee that caught my true interest.

I say “my true interest” because all of these things allowed me to do what I love best, and practice the skills the Journalism and Technical Communication program has taught me.

I am able to use my classroom experience and apply it to my organization, which is a plus for me and my organization.

This is why I believe getting involved on campus enhances your overall college experience. I encourage ALL students to find a RSO that interest them, either social or professional, to gain out of the classroom experience that can boost your knowledge of your craft.

I also encourage all students to attend a Student Government meeting to see what your student leaders are doing to better the campus. Student Government meets every Tuesday at 5 p.m. in Rankin 252. We hope to see you there!

-Keisha Reynolds

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