This week on Pro-Tips, we sat down with Dwaine Taylor from the Student Experience Office (SEO) to talk about getting involved on campus. Dwaine recently returned to Carleton – where he completely both his undergrad in law and his Master of Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership – after working with Me to We and the WE Charity and has always been a big believer in how important student involvement is to both your university experience and developing skills for later in life. Here’s what Dwaine had to say about tips for getting involved:
Learning Isn’t Just for the Classroom
There are so many things you can learn in university that you can find outside of lecture halls- participate in a Campus to Community day and volunteer for a local non-profit, or take it global and volunteer for Alternative Spring Break, where you can spend a week volunteering in different places around the world. Not only will you be able to bring those experiences into your studies, but the connections you make along the way will also have a huge impact on your life.
Sometimes it’s nice to have someone you can talk to, or to help you with your transition to university. The SEO offers mentorship programs, and not just for first year students – you can get a mentor at any point in your degree. Contact the SEO about getting involved in mentorship and find someone to share your university experience with.
There are a million things to do on campus – and a bunch of them are free! The Campus Activity Board (CAB) hosts free movie nights, Epic Bingo, even paint nights throughout the year, as no cost to you. Want to take it one step further? You can volunteer for CAB and help with events.
Getting involved can change your entire university experience for the better. The SEO has incredibly resources for students to get involved, make friends and have experiences that will make your university experience amazing. Got more questions? You can find more information on the SEO’s website or Instagram page, or by coming into their office at 430 Tory Building.
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