By Stephanie Garcia
There are several options for students to find something that sparks their interest. According the the Journal of College Student Development, “The greater the student’s involvement in college, the greater will be the amount of students learning and personal development.”
Being engaged on campus as a student leader, athlete, club member or peer ambassador gives you knowledge that gives you experience outside of the classroom that you can use after college.
being able to articulate your thoughts, knowing to interact with peers, having the courage to network, leadership skills. You learn these traits by being involved and engaged on campus.
What student involvement refers to is the amount of energy that the student devotes to the academic experience. However, there are plenty of factors that affect how the student spends their time on campus. Ahighly involved student could be one who devotes time to studying, spends time on campus, participates actively in student organizations, and interacts frequently with faculty members and other students.
Makeda Jordan, Associate Director of the Center of Student Involvement and Leadership believes that by being engaged on campus is really allowing the student to get the biggest bang for their buck.
When asked about why some students only go to school and then home, Jordan says, “sometimes they don’t have a choice. They have to work full time, they have small children at home or they have a family member they have to take care of.”
“Fiur years ago, there were less than 40 clubs and now we have over 50 clubs. We’ve been able to tally the space usage,” Jordan continues. “Student club and organizations are utilizing these spaces to have events; if they’re having more event that means that students are more involved. Club executives complain that they don’t have space to do more,” Jordan continues.
Abdul Alrobaye, a junior and forensic psychology major said in his freshman year he had no interest in the school and just went straight home after his classes. In high school, he was a class clown and very social around the school, however, when he came to John Jay he felt shy and reluctant to engage on campus.
John Jay was not his first choice of school, however, he had to stay due to his family’s wishes. Alrobaye didn’t know anything about what events, club or organizations that the college had to offer so he chose to go home after classes every day. In his second semester, he had a long break in between classes. Alrobaye decided that he should make an attempt to be involved around campus. He went to an event for the Arab Student Union. He met tons of people and started to build connections with the executives and member.
The following semester, he became secretary of the Arab Student Union. “Advantages of being engaged on campus, it’s keeping you aware of what’s going on. The key to being active on campus is to have breaks in between classes. As well as if you have nothing to do off campus, stay on campus,” said Alrobaye.
When you participate in an on-campus activity you’re getting the full educational experience,” Jordan says.
CSIL is about finding a community on campus, whether it’s a sports team, club or student organization. You find like minded people share the same passions and interest as you do.