Three Reasons Why Campus Involvement is Important – Notes from a Former Student Slacker

We’ve all heard the saying “hindsight is 20/20.” Whether it’s related to sports, school, or everyday life, we’ve all been there. I’m a proud alumnus of Georgia College. As an undergraduate student here from 2002 to 2007, I made a lot of lifelong friends and have a lot of great memories here. Regardless of the good times, there was something missing. When it was time for me to graduate and I worked to develop my resume, it was bare and boring. Yes, I had a half of a page of education and work experience, but that was really it. I had spent four and a half years at Georgia College and had not joined one club or organization. Shame on me.  During college, the importance of being involved honestly never crossed my mind. However, I quickly realized I was setting myself apart from many other GC students — and not in a good way.

As an Internship Coordinator at Georgia College now, I have the awesome opportunity to speak to students who remind me of myself during my GC days. I review resumes daily that have very little to no campus involvement. One of the first questions I ask when I see a resume like this is “Why do I see no campus involvement on here?” I often get the common answers like “I don’t have the time” or “I don’t know how to get involved.” From my own “hindsight is 20/20” experience, here are three reasons why you should be involved in your campus NOW!

  • A chance to work with new people – During my GC days, I had my friends, my clique, my squad, whatever you want to call it. However, I was limiting myself by not exposing myself to others different than me. When you begin your full-time career, chances are you are going to be working directly with people who are much different than you. Joining clubs and organizations now will expose you to a diverse array of fellow students and a chance to participate in valuable interactions with them. I have no doubt that if I’d participated in clubs and organizations during my time at Georgia College, I would have been better equipped to work with others who are different than me.
  • It’s great for a resume – Put yourself in the shoes of an employer who is reviewing resumes for potential employees. If you are looking at two resumes from students who have identical degrees and GPAs, but one has extensive campus involvement and the other does not, naturally more attention and preference will be given to the applicant with the campus involvement. That’s only natural. Think ahead and prepare for this. As I’ve mentioned before, campus involvement is one of the first things I notice when I review a resume. Be proactive, get involved today!

 

  • It develops valuable skills – As I mentioned before, you have potential to develop transferable skills in college through campus involvement. As a result of your involvement, you will gain experience in leadership, communication, problem-solving, group development and management, budgeting and finance, presentation and public speaking, and much more.

 

My challenge for you is to get involved today! As a GC student, you have access to over 160 clubs/organizations, 17 fraternities and sororities, and 12 months of rec sports, all of which can be found here. Don’t be the slacker I was as a student. Be the student employers want to hire. Get involved, better yourself! If you’d like to contact me to discuss this further, don’t hesitate to email me at josey.cameron@gcsu.edu.

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