Tips for Parents
So Many Options, So Much Time!
It's not unusual for students, especially those in their first year of college, to spend the fall semester getting the lay of the land. Oftentimes, students really focus their energies on joining clubs and organizations or getting involved on campus in other ways in the spring. Plus, many groups will hold election or selection processes for the following year over the next few months.
Now is a really good time for students to consider how they want to spend their out-of-class time. Do they want to try out a sport they've always wanted to play? If so, intramurals might be the ticket. Are they looking for a way to make a difference in the local community? Volunteering through a campus organization could work. Or maybe they want to develop a particular leadership skill? Joining a programming or advocacy club could be the way to do so. There are so many options!
You can help your student by encouraging him to get out there and explore. Talking with student staff in the residence hall is a good place to start. You can also suggest that your student check out the following resources on campus to see all that is available:
Students should definitely be focused on their academic work, but getting involved in co-curricular experiences is so important too. Students spend so many of their weekly hours out of the classroom. When they choose to use their time wisely, they can really round out their educational experience by developing skills that will aid them not only in their job search processes, but in their careers as well.
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