|Campus involvement beneficial to students|
|Written by Brittany Tepper, Reporter|
|Monday, 14 January 2013 16:50|
Classes have started and many students are dreading the heavy workload to come. Between classes, homework and internships adding another activity to your workload may seem impossible, but registered student organizations (RSOs) have a variety of benefits that can enhance your time at ISU.
Whether you are interested in music, business or education, ISU has hundreds of RSOs on campus, and not all RSOs are professional organizations.
Quidditch, anime, and a “Dr. Who” fan club are some of the non-conventional clubs on campus. Students may be wondering how riding a broom on the Quad will help their education. Recreational RSOs are not only a great way to meet people with similar interests, but they also add structure to a student’s day.
Erin Thomas, coordinator at Leadership and Service, recommends that students join at least two RSOs during their time at ISU.
“I tell students to find one organization that is aligned with their professional or career aspirations and one for fun. I think we come from high school with a lot of structure built for us. Whether it be music or sports that provides structure to the day. When you get to college, it’s just your classes, unless you choose to do other things. When you choose one of these organizations it provides more structure to your day, and you are more effective with the time you have,” Thomas said.
If a student is unsure of their career plans, RSOs can be a great way to start exploring different fields. Changing majors can be expensive. Trying out an organization can allow students to learn about the field without paying the expenses of taking an introductory class.
Leadership and Service is one of the many organizations that allows students to gain hands on experience.
"A lot of our programs help students figure out if they are in the right major or not. They get to practice. We have a lot of education students who are trip leaders and they get to do training modules and practice doing different types of instruction. They are either 'yes this is what I want to do,' or they weren’t an education major and had that opportunity and were like, 'I didn’t think I could be a teacher, but this is really what I want to do, but didn’t have the voice to say that,'” Thomas added.
Working on a team and getting hands-on experience is very different from sitting in class listening to a teacher lecture.
April Milkovic, graduate assistant at the Student Involvement Center, recommends RSOs for a balanced education.
“RSOs are really an important part of enhancing a student's education. Spending a lot of time in the classroom and doing homework can make the work seem mundane. RSOs are a way for students to find people with similar interests and help complement their education so they leave with a balanced experience,” said Milkovic.
The Student Involvement Center is available to help students and RSOs. They provide resources such as funding, books, conference rooms and the white boards on the Quad. The Student Involvement Center also processes all RSO requests. If students cannot find an RSO they are looking for, they can start their own.
The Student Involvement Center has the resources and paperwork for students to get started. Any student can start an RSO if they have at least four other students involved and an academic advisor, such as a teacher or staff member.
For more information on RSOs, visit the Student Involvement page at DeanOfStudents.IllinoisState.edu.