How to Get Involved on Campus and Why You Should

By: Megan Raines

 

Classes have been in session for a few weeks, professors are getting to know their students, freshmen are still finding their way, and a lot of the extra curricular activities are already in motion. But do not worry if you missed Rush, Malone’s clubs and organizations showcase; it is not too late to get involved! “If you go to college, you want to feel welcome; you want to feel like family,” said Kalece Murphy, freshman early childhood education major. After being highly involved in her high school, Murphy decided to get involved in college as well. She went to Rush where she applied to be a candidate for Stu-dent Senate.“Definitely check your email. The school is always sending information out,” said Murphy. One of the emails that students receive are from the Student Activities Council (SAC). “There are many ways to get involved on campus,” said Delaney Major, co-direc-tor of SAC and sophomore cross cultural ministries major. “SAC plans the events that happen, [and] events are chosen by student response.” This means that if an event goes over well with the students participating, they keep it and if not, they change it. SAC is always trying to improve and make the ac-tivities enjoyable for students to get the most involvement. Getting involved on campus is not just for freshmen. “Even if you’re an upperclassman, it’s just nice to get involved in the Malone com-munity rather than get up, class, eat, sleep [repeat].” said Noah Fisher, senior marketing major. Fisher is involved in intramurals, the community worship team, he holds the po-sition of President of the Senior Class, and is an RA. Resident Assistants are not only on the floor to help maintain rules, they are also there as a resource to help students get involved. Fisher encourages and helps his own floor to “take the leap of faith” to get involved. Studies show that it is actually beneficial to get involved in your college environment.“Involvement in clubs and organizations has been shown to correlate positively with several areas of psychosocial development,” researchers John Foubert and Lauren Grainger state in their article, “Effects of Involvement in Clubs and Organizations on the Psychosocial Development of Students.” The article was based off of an experiment of students involved in activities versus stu-dents not involved, in which they observed behavior and cognitive skills. The research supports the idea that students build more relationships through extra curricular activ-ities and that leads to higher test scores. (If you want to read more about the study find the reference below). Many students realize that there is a benefit to extra curricular activities even without conducting a study themselves on Malone’s campus. “It’s a great idea to get involved on cam-pus just for the sole fact of building such a great friend group; the way to build those friendships is to get involved,” said Major. Although the benefits of being involved are great, it is important to not get overly involved and miss academic responsibilities. “Don’t do as much as possible, or then you’ll get overly stressed,” said Fisher. There are always two extremes: not being involved at all or being so involved it looks like you are only in college for the extra curriculars. There are people here at Malone that will help you find the right balance. “The ultimate goal for us [is] to have peo-ple enjoy their experience at Malone through our events [and] to build community,” said Sam Jurkovic, co-director of SAC and junior early childhood education major. There are lots of ways to get involved; check your emails, look at the malone.edu website, talk to your RA or SAC, all you have to do is take the first step. Studies show that it will benefit you, so why not take the “leap of faith?” (John Foubert and Lauren Grainger NAS-PA Journal, 2006, Vol. 43, no. 1)

 

September 17th 2018

 

LXIII Issue No. 1

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