How to Get Involved in your College Campus
By: Megan Manlunas
There may be plenty of reasons why you couldn’t secure an internship. However, getting an internship at Goldman Sachs isn’t the only thing you can do to make your resume outstanding. Employers love a well-rounded person. There are many activities that you can do during the school semester and during the long breaks. Although CUNY students are mostly commuters, it’s still easy to get involved in your respective campuses. Macaulay students have a wide range of options at their home campus and at the Macaulay campus, that’s double the options!
- Join a Club
Joining a club may be the number one way to get more involved on your college campus. You’ll be able to meet people with the same interests and goals as you. You can also take on leadership roles within the club, which will enhance your resume and show employers you are willing to take charge and approach things head on. The Macaulay Honors College has many student groups and clubs that you can check out on Club Macaulay. If your campus (or Macaulay) doesn’t have a club that you’re interested in, start one! Odds are, there are more people out there who are interested in the same thing.
- Participate in Student Government
Participating in student government is one way to get leadership skills, meet new people, and be involved in decision making processes. Becoming a part of your student government can also give you the skills that are transferable to the workplace. It will be beneficial for you to join committees that are related to the field and industry you want to work for in the future. For example, becoming treasurer is a great opportunity if you’re trying to find a career in the accounting and finance field. Make sure to keep your eyes open for these potential opportunities!
Instead of sitting at home doing nothing, bored out of your mind, during the summer – why not volunteer? It’s an easy way to stay engaged during the summer, especially when you’re volunteering for a cause you truly believe in. This summer, Macaulay students had the opportunity to volunteer in Puerto Rico where they had the chance to engage in service and learn about the island’s biodiversity. It was a great and successful trip! You can check this article for ideas on where college students can volunteer. This is also a great way to get your Macaulay volunteer hours in for the semester!
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- Join an Intramural Sport
Need a different way to stay active and fit? Join an intramural sport! Joining a sports team is an easy way to get exercise and enjoy it. You may also create friendships and bonds will all your teammates that last for a lifetime. Did you know Macaulay has its very own Quidditch team – the only sports team to represent Macaulay! You can check out their page for more information on how to join. Make sure you also check your individual campus’ athletic center for announcements on intramural sport team openings.
Tutoring is a great way to keep your mind in shape, while driving other students towards success. A lot of campus colleges will hire tutors, which is an easy way to make money (especially if you’re really passionate about a subject). If you the tutoring schedule at your respective campus isn’t as flexible as you like, you can also be a private tutor and tutor on your own time.
- Work – Study
A lot of colleges offer students the option to do work-study. If you’re looking to get paid and work for your college there are a variety of jobs that can be available depending on your campus. Options for work-study include a lot of admin jobs such as being a receptionist at a department or working in your school’s library.
However, if you’re still looking for an internship over getting involved on campus, Macaulay Career Development has services to help you look for an internship, enhance your resume and more set up an appointment here.