Classes are all picked out. The dorm room is unpacked. You even mapped out the fastest way to get around campus. What’s next? You might be asking yourself this a lot as you head into your freshmen year at Westfield State University. If you’re anything like thousands of our students, the answer might be “Get Involved!” Read on to learn about how you can become a student leader.
For many on campus, getting involved means becoming a student leader. Each September, online voting is opened up for Class Council positions. There are 11 positions for each class and 5 class officers get to sit on Student Government. All it takes to run is 25 signatures from your fellow classmates and you are in the running!
Student government; “It’s the voice of the students,” says Barbara Hand, Coordinator of Student Government Activities. “SGA is an invaluable way to know more about campus” and directly impact your school community.
Another way to get involved is becoming a student ambassador, orientation leader, tour guide or resident assistant. All of these positions make you an official representative for the school. You’ll get to work alongside Westfield State’s President and community leaders, lead orientation groups, work with students in the residence halls, or conduct campus tours. You will also have the opportunity to help out with community service projects on campus and throughout the community.
Maybe you’re looking for a way to meet new people and have fun without all the responsibility that comes with SGA and the ambassador program? Well, you can try joining one of the 70+ clubs and organizations on campus. They’re open to students of all ages and interests. There are clubs for academics, athletics, and the arts - even an IMPROV Comedy club if you’re looking for a few laughs.
Joining a club isn’t just a way to meet new people; they also look pretty good on a resume. Finding a club that relates to your major is a great way to learn more and make the most of your college experience. There are over 30 academic-based organizations on campus that can all potentially aid you in a future career.
We also have plenty of ways to get involved throughout the year. You can help out at charity events like Relay for Life or even contribute to the Make A Wish Foundation by running in the annual “Mr. Westfield” pageant.
However you decide to get involved, you can trust that you’ll be in good company. “I am in awe at the caliber of students on campus,” said Barbara. “It’s amazing how our students really want to make a difference.”
So stop asking yourself what’s next, and start asking yourself “What am I waiting for?”
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