But another part of making the most of your post-secondary experience is being involved outside the classroom. Involvement can mean anything from participating in intramural sports, getting involved in student government, studying abroad or joining a student club.
Many students will tell you that there are benefits to their extracurricular activities.
Grant MacEwan University graduate Bradley Woronuk helped organize a blog camp on campus. “My extracurricular experiences at MacEwan defined my education,” said Bradley, whose volunteer experience helped land him a job a. er graduation.
MacEwan Students’ Association president Nils Holmgren agrees that extracurricular involvement can help prepare students for the working world.
Getting involved in non-academic activities may not only prepare you for your future career, but also help you qualify for scholarships.
MacEwan bachelor of commerce student Dustin Tellier received numerous awards recognizing his community involvement.
“It’s really cool to get recognition for something you enjoy doing,” said Dustin. “I don’t have to worry about keeping a full-time job while I’m in school.”
Science student Kelcey King experienced life overseas when she participated in the MacEwan Study Abroad program. She completed a semester at the Athlone Institute of Technology (AIT) in Ireland last year and said, “I would tell any student to try a semester abroad. You learn so much about yourself.”
Personal growth also comes from joining groups on campus. Mary Barkwell learned about her culture when she took part in the Elders in Residence program at the MacEwan Aboriginal Education Centre. “Because I reached out to them, I learned so much about myself,” said Mary. “I have…an understanding ing of who I am and where I come from.”
MacEwan bachelor of arts graduate Eric Tebby took the initiative to get involved in projects related to his area of study, from presenting at student conferences to working as a research assistant for an underwater archeology project. “The different experiences you can participate in are almost more important -not only to future studies, future interests, future jobs, but also to yourself.”
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