Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Talk time with T: How to get involved

Before graduation comes around, most of us want to leave our mark on something. What will you be remembered for? If you have no idea, it is time to get involved on campus. Plattsburgh state has many clubs and organizations anyone can join. There is something for everyone.

It is fairly easy to get involved on campus. PSUC has involvement fairs that you can attend to sign up for auditions, general member meetings and club events. If you miss the involvement fair, you can always visit the Angell College Center to find what clubs are having meetings, when and where they’re hosting it. There are posters posted on walls and poles, or you could ask someone at the information desk in the ACC.
A beneficial way of being involved on campus is starting with things that have to do with your major.

“Being involved with something in my major was very beneficial because I learn how to write grants and how to run a conference, which are things I need to be great at in the field I’m pursuing,” said Imani Burroughs, Shine On president.

A way of being involved on campus and giving back to the community would be joining Shine On, because the organization mentors young girls in the North Country. Shine On is a local nonprofit organization whose mission is to building resilience and self confidence in local girls. That would be great experience of working with children and a team, but also mentoring for a better youth.

Involvement with something you plan on having a career in can further your skills in the subject, and give you more experience.

With more experience comes more opportunities in the future. You could also become the go-to person for your major. Everyone knows your name and that when it comes to certain things, he or she can come to you for an answer.

Another way of getting involved is by joining something that interests you. For example, if you love to dance, you can join Dance Corps or Jedi Dance Productions. If you are an international student, there’s Club international, club Caribbean, club Al-Arabiyya, etc. If you’re all about spreading awareness, there’s Autism Speaks U, LGBTQ Student Union, etc.

In order to be on the editorial board for a club, you have to attend meetings regularly. Make yourself familiar with students on the current e-board. At the end of each semester, the club had elections to select new e-board members. Someone can nominate you, or you can nominate yourself, and if you win, you are now a member of that club’s e-board.

Being involved on campus is a great and positive way to get your name out there. It is beneficial to you now and also in the long run. It is also a great way to give back to the community. You can raise awareness and even funds for a cause or charity. PSUC has a club for everyone. Don’t be afraid to get out there and do something for the greater good.

Email Tamiyha Carter at cp@cardinalpointsonline.com

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