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Get Outside the Classroom: Adventures in Experiential Education

Posted by Kelly Hart on Mar 16, 2017 5:54:57 PM


There’s more to learning at Westfield State University than what’s being taught in your classroom. Take a trip outside of those four walls and learn how you can get onsite job training, earn school credits and meet potential employers through experiential education programs.

First of all, just what exactly is experiential education? Simply put, experiential education is hands-on learning. It’s the act of going out into the community as a volunteer or intern and getting invaluable, first person knowledge through your experiences.

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Volunteering or interning are both great ways for you to not only experience the day-to-day life in your career field, but also provide opportunities for you to expand your network and make important future contacts. Your time could help you land a job after graduation at the company you worked with, or be used as a reference for other employers.

You can also earn school credit through Westfield State approved programs. You can find these programs and opportunities for internship and volunteerism at Career Connections, an online posting forum that lists out each business, school, or non-profit in need of student workers.

But more than just school credit and future job offers, experiential education offers you a truly unique learning experience unlike anything you would find in a lecture hall. You get to connect one-on-one with other students and professionals, engage with people in your community, and expand your knowledge base.

See for yourself the impact that traveling outside the classroom can have on both students and the people they help in Westfield Engages: Guatemala.

Get started planning your own experiential education program by talking to your counselor and checking out the experiential education directory. It’s separated out by degree program and lists prospective businesses.

No matter what opportunities come your way during your four years at Westfield State, the important thing is to approach each one with an open mind and open arms. You never know what you will learn, and what you will learn to embrace. Are you are still wondering what college you shoud go to? Or looking for help on how to choose the right college?

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Topics: Study abroad, Choosing the right college, Experiential Education

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