Stephanie Scarano is a communication professional currently working in the Recruitment unit of the Office of Human Resources for Kean University. Stephanie has graduated from Kean University with a MA in Communication Studies; Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Communication and Leadership; BA in Public Relations and a Minor degree in Marketing. She has experienced college as a dorm resident, commuter, sorority sister, club member, student worker, honor student; alumni; graduate assistant and now as a full-time staff member. This New Jersey native’s passions include spending time with family, laughing with friends, going on adventures and finding great sales at the mall.
Whoever said ‘high school is the best years of your life,” never went to college. Living on campus throughout college was an awesome decision. But, when living at a college that was primarily a commuter-school, when there’s nothing to do, there’s nothing to do! I was very close to moving back home after my first semester (due to extreme boredom) but then I got involved.
Every college or university is equipped with some sort of college life or student affairs department. Within this department, students of all ages can participate in community service, join clubs of a specific interest and pledge a fraternity or sorority. These activities involve meetings, fundraisers and endless opportunities to increase your social calendar. Feel free to go to different meetings and information nights. This will offer you the opportunity to understand what each organization stands for and if the group members are people you can identify and grow with.
Another aspect of getting involved is being hired as student worker. Student worker jobs normally are part-time assignments at minimum wage and work around your class schedule. It also cuts commuting time out going from school to work (plus there’s a huge possibility that when the school is closed, so are the offices!). Virtually every office or department on campus requires student workers for operation. Use that as an advantage to work in an area you will enjoy and develop professional skills.
I know this is a lot of take – but there are many ways to determine what level of campus involvement is right for you. Your college or university should be advertising all opportunities available. I highly recommend looking out for flyers with information on upcoming events hosted by organizations you may interested in; checking your school’s website; stopping at bake sales or info tables set up by clubs; and attending school functions.
Life is what you make of it. So make your college time worthwhile. Getting involved on campus will result in meeting new people; forming new relationships/friendships; taking on leadership roles; and gaining responsibility other than completing your homework assignments. Networking can also transpire that will lead to more involvement on campus or future job opportunities.
Transitioning into the swing of college life can be scary. Throughout your tenure in higher education you will discover your likes, dislikes and passions to transform you into the adult you were meant to be. Personally – I joined clubs pertaining to my major/minor, pledged a sorority and worked in my university’s student affairs division. Getting involved lead me to meet some very interesting people; made life-long friends; earned some extra spending money; developed professional relationships; helped others through community service projects; built my resume; and secured references when applying to graduate school and potential employment.
Question: Why do we attend college? Answer: To earn a degree and get a job. Yes – that piece of paper is important but so is being well-rounded and building experience in more than an area of study. So to all the freshmen reading this: GET INVOLVED! To those in the midst of college, it’s never too late to embark on a new experience