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Getting involved with campus organizations

Staff Editorial

By Mbololwa Mundia
On April 7, 2016

With over 180 clubs and organizations at Kirkwood Community College, students are highly encouraged to get involved in at least one club or organization while attending college. And, it’s easy to find a club or organization to get into. Some clubs have specific purposes such STEM Club (Science, Technology Engineering and Math) and Student Ambassadors. Other clubs are centered more on the social aspect of college and building relationships. In addition to getting involved on campus, students can also look to the community. Students can get involved in their community by looking online for places that are in need of volunteers. The site www.volunteermatch.com helps people find places within the community that have volunteer opportunities based on their personal interests. The site gives people the opportunity to fill out an application or download a resume that a potential organization can view and use to remain in contact. 

The benefits of getting involved are endless, whether it is on campus or in the community. It’s also an easy way to get hands on experience in a field of interest to see if it is something worth pursuing as a career. Being involved also helps students exercise and advance their networking skills. Students can interact with a lot of people and learn about potential additional opportunities. As students advance their education, some may be asked to have a certain number of volunteer hours in order to receive their diploma. Many may be already thinking about summer plans so this is a good time to start thinking about ways to get involved. 

If there is a particular organization or business that a student would like to learn more about, simply call and ask if they are in  need of volunteers. Students can volunteer at local animal shelters, retirement homes, libraries, summer camps, churches and one-day community events. Getting involved on campus or volunteering with a local organization help students gain valuable skills such as commmunication, teamwork, leadership and time management. Students can also make new friends and get lead on possible job openings. Additionally, those who volunteer or participate in campus clubs and organizations may have stronger resumes than those who do not. The summer months are quickly approaching so consider volunteering or checking out a new club on campus.

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