Being successful in college is about much more than attending class and getting good grades. While academic commitment is critically important, students must also maintain be engaged in campus life and the surrounding community in order to cultivate a sense of place and purpose, and to maintain a healthy school-life balance. Connecting with peers and participating in activities on campus is an essential component of developing such a balance. Likewise, students need to be introduced to the range of supports and resources on campus, such as faculty, student affairs, tutoring, etc. In particular, it is important that students understand the role of faculty in their education and be able to effectively and appropriately engage with them. The purpose of this unit is to introduce students to the multitude of opportunities for social engagement, activities, and exploration on campus, as well as the ways in which faculty are there to support them.
After completing this module, you should be able to ...
- Identify at least 3 student organizations and/or activities that interest them on campus.
- Identify places on campus to seek academic and/or personal issues.
- Describe effective and appropriate ways to communicate with faculty on campus.
Preparation for Class
Please prepare for class by doing the following PRIOR to class.
- Read Chapter 7 in College Rules.
- Read Chapter 5 in College Rules.
- Read “The Importance of Community Participation”
- Read Chapter 3 in College Rules.
- Reflect on your attendance at the “Clubs and Organizations Fair” of the “Everybody Party” (details here) last Friday.
We will do the following during class.
- Get warmed up
- Finish “Questions in a Hat” exercise from last time.
- “College Instructors” Exercise
- “Mapping Your Time” Exercise
- “Getting Involved” Discussion
- Complete the “What is Your Plan for Getting Involved” worksheet.
After Class Assignment
You should complete the following to hand in at the beginning of the next class period.
- Attend a campus or community event or activity and complete this reflection. Due on or before 3-Oct.
- Do class preparation for next module.