Hi, I’m Cami. I am a sophomore Strategic Communications major at Texas Christian University. I’m an intern, sorority girl and Netflix enthusiast. I’m always busy, running between class, two on-campus jobs and two internships, but I always find time for Panera with my girlfriends or a quick session at the gym. I love my school and our football team, so you can always find me at the games on Saturday. I love being involved and I can’t wait to see what happens next in life.
Coming into college, I was told to get involved on campus. While this is crucial to a meaningful college experience, getting involved in the community surrounding your campus is important as well.
I joined Love for Lancaster- a service organization that connects students with the homeless to develop meaningful relationships- my freshman year. As a second-year participant, I have successfully developed relationships with the homeless in the area. Once a week, I leave my college bubble and enter the “real world” for a while. It is a refreshing change of pace and extremely eye-opening. I genuinely laugh with my homeless friends and I have people who are genuinely proud of my accomplishments and who are excited to see me and hear how my week has been. This experience has been impactful, changing me for the better.
I also participate in LEAPS, a campus-wide day of service once a semester. It is a great way to connect with other students outside of my peer network, and an opportunity to talk with faculty outside of class or office hours. It is also a great way to see the influence a campus has on a community, highlighting the importance of giving back.
In addition, I am very involved with my sorority’s philanthropy. Greek Life is an amazing way to meet new people and to create memories. Some of my fondest sisterhood memories have been working with our philanthropy. I am very fortunate in that my sorority’s philanthropy is very hands-on. We don’t just raise money; we actively take time to visit the philanthropy and host events for the people there. It shows the true spirit of Greek Life- being a part of something bigger than yourself.
If your campus does not offer opportunities to participate in service organizations, ask your professors. In many majors, professors are beginning to realize the value of service learning, and many will offer projects that focus on service to the community. If that does not work out, start your own project. I founded my own service project this year after I saw that a community need was not being met. It has been an insane journey, but it has been incredibly rewarding.
Volunteering is more than just something to add to a resume. I have met some of my best friends on campus through volunteering, because we can connect over our passions. I have also been able to meet faculty and alumni based on my service-oriented passions. In today’s job market, many companies are looking to hire people with volunteer experience because it shows that they have passions where they commit their time and effort. Volunteering is a chance to grow and mature, which is the point of college. It has been a huge contributor to my education, adding a unique perspective to my worldview. I don’t know where I would be without volunteering. I would recommend to any incoming or current college student to take advantage of everything your campus and community has to offer, especially the opportunities to give back.