By Jamar Paris
Congratulations everyone on your choice of attending Naugatuck Valley Community College (NVCC) and to those returning, welcome back. Now that everyone is settled into their schedule and routines, this is a great time to start thinking about joining a club and getting involved with some of the other ongoing student activities at the college.
As students, obtaining a degree should not be the only goal during college. Another goal to have is to develop into a well-rounded individual, with experience in activities outside of the classroom. Involvement in clubs and student activities is what will make some students stand out from the crowd when applying for a job or for transfer to a 4 year university.
College is a great place to network, a place to develop team working skills, develop leadership skills, and get a feel for how government works. Networking will be a very important part of your life. Sometimes getting what you want in life comes down to whom you know rather than what you know. The great thing about the clubs on campus is that there is a club for everyone. You can either get involved in a club that interests you or try something new.
It takes a lot of work and help from different people to keep the clubs going strong and the student activities happening. By getting involved, you will learn and develop the necessary teamwork skills that are needed throughout life. Our society is very diverse consisting of people from different cultures, many different practicing religions, and different political views. It is necessary to be able to work with a diverse group of people in order to get a job done.
To become a leader in life, you need to develop leadership skills and these skills are developed through the experience of working with others, volunteering, and taking on responsibilities. Clubs and student activities offer students a chance at developing leadership skills throughout the many club officer and committee positions available. Positions are available with the Student Government Association, Student Activities committees, and the volunteer work that is done throughout 42 separate and distinct clubs that are at NVCC.
Getting involved with a club is as easy as just showing up to a meeting or visiting the student activities office located in S515 in the prism lounge. All are welcomed and encouraged to attend club meetings as well as the SGA meetings. The SGA meetings are a great way participate in the local student government and experience how local government works. More importantly, all students are charged a student activities fee as part of their tuition, and the SGA decides where that money goes. Going to the meetings would be a way to learn how government works.
The campus community benefits greatly when more students are involved as your involvement and commitment is important to the success of the clubs, SGA, and student activities and for your future.