Value Of Student Involvement In College

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We have all heard the saying, “Take it, or leave it.” Most of the time this statement accompanies a piece of advice. This statement implies that we have a choice. Do we follow the advice of others or do we chose to go down our own path. In the case of student involvement on campus, many people have advice to share. Internet articles, research experiments, and personal recommendations tell us to get involved. These resources tend to advocate for becoming an involved student. An involved student is someone who participates in clubs, organizations, and other activities on campus. He or she made many friends from campus events and enjoys attending. The opposite of an involved student is a social student. This type of student has many friends and …show more content…
Although flooded with information in support of a particular lifestyle, college students make their own decision on how to obtain their final goal.
To understand this argument, begin with the facts. Student involvement is proven to be beneficial to students’ overall success. Most value lies with academics in college, yet the role of other skills should not be discounted. People skills, leadership ability, personal growth are all considered social skills and are can be gained through campus organizations and clubs. To gain a professional’s opinion on the subject, I conducted an interview about value of student involvement at the University of Tennessee’s Knoxville campus. Specifically, I wanted to learn about high achieving students, so I turned to the Chancellors Honors Program. An interview with Matt Blaylock, the graduate assistant in charge of recruitment and first year experience for the Chancellors Honors Program, revealed his thoughts on campus involvement. He stressed many benefits of these activities, both
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All of this information subtly encourages CHP students to become involved students rather than social students. Matt Blaylock provides information detailing how the message of campus engagement’s importance gets passed along to CHP scholars. Blaylock states, “Constant communication is key.” He goes on to explain that students in the Chancellors Honors Program receive a regular email twice a week highlighting meaningful events, activities, and programs on campus. In addition to those emails, students receive supplemental messages throughout the week to highlight special activities. It is easy to see from Mr. Blaylock’s comments that honors students at UT are well informed about the many options for student involvement on campus as well as the importance of the events. Ultimately, the CHP encourages their students to become involved students rather than just social students. (An involved student is a student that is a member of many clubs and organizations on campus. They meet many of their friends at these events and would rather go to a campus coordinated event than plan their own evening. A social student on the other hand has many friends with whom they always interact. However, social students would rather plan their own evening than go to an already planned event. )The CHP recommends becoming an involved student, because they believe

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