New students often come to college having been advised not to get involved in activities or organizations, but rather to take a year or so to get settled and see what college is all about. We believe, and have heard from upper-class students, that doing more than taking classes was not only manageable, but made a big difference in their adjustment during the first year.
Students who get involved in campus activities and organizations report higher grades and greater satisfaction with their college experience. This is not to say academics should take second place to activities, but a healthy balance of both will ensure that you receive the most well-rounded education possible.
There are a number of ways to become actively involved. You can choose to be a supportive member of a group or to be on a student leadership role. A great place to start is right in your own residence hall.
Early in September, elections will be held for residence hall organization (RHO) representatives and executive board member. These positions coordinate the governance structure of the residence halls, including managing the RHO activity fees, planning activities and special events, and serving as student liaison with the College administration. For those interested in moving on to greater levels of responsibility, in-hall experience can become a stepping stone to positions such as Student Government representative, Orientation Leader, Resident Assistant, and a host of executive positions in clubs and organizations.
Also, you may want to become involved in community service. Mary McEntee, KSC Community Service Coordinator, has programs with commitments that range from one hour to the entire academic year. Whether you're interested in helping out at the Humane Society or becoming a Big Brother/Big Sister, you can find out more by calling Mary at 603-358-2665.