Jan. 17, 2006
By Jessica Zibbel
There are many ways for students to become involved in activities on campus beyond the classroom. These activities add much to the college experience, complement the traditional classroom learning and allow students to pursue their interests and meet other students.
"Becoming involved in outside activities is an important part of the college experience and allows students to explore opportunities that may be related to their career or may become lifelong pursuits," Director of Student Activities Anne Lombard said. "Students learn much from these activities and develop important skills, such as time management, which can help them in their studies."
Some of the areas that provide learning experiences outside of the classroom are volunteer opportunities, on-campus employment, attending university events, and joining student organizations.
Volunteering can be a fun and important aspect of every college student's life. Volunteering opens students' eyes up to the community around them, and teaches them to appreciate many aspects of life from poverty and handicaps, to international students and children. Ohio University has its very own Center for Community Service that works with campus and community partners to promote community service collaborations that benefit the community, foster mutual learning and prepare students for responsible citizenship. To get involved, you can join a service organization like Alpha Phi Omega, Circle K, or Habitat for Humanity, or can search through volunteer opportunities at www.1-800-volunteer.org. To learn more about volunteer opportunities, visit the Center for Community Service website at www.ohio.edu/commserv.
Get a Job
Searching for a job in Athens can be a difficult task. Obtaining a job through the university can make job searching easier. You can apply through the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships for jobs on-campus including Federal Work Study positions, hourly employment, or to the Program to Aid Career Exploration (PACE). Information and applications are available at www.ohio.edu/students/jobs.html.
- Federal Work Study Program – For university positions. To qualify for this program, a student must meet a financial need requirement. Students may work up to 10 hours per week, and must be an undergraduate student enrolled for at least 6 credit hours each quarter.
- Hourly Employment – For university positions. No minimum grade point average or financial need is required. A student working in an hourly position must be enrolled in at least 6 credit hours each quarter, and may work up to 20 hours each week.
- Program to Aid Career Exploration (PACE) – The PACE program provides internship-like work experiences. A student may work up to 10 hours each week, and must be an undergraduate student enrolled for at least 12 credit hours each quarter. To be eligible, a student must have completed 30 hours of course work while maintaining a minimum accumulative grade point average of 2.3, and demonstrate financial need.
Ohio University offers a variety of events for students to enjoy on campus. To find a listing of events, visit www.ohio.edu/calendar. This easy-to-use database can display all the events for each day, or events can be sorted according to personal preferences, such as type of event or location.
Baker Nights provides free late night programs for students in Baker University Center. Weekly events such as Marti and Stewie (a late night crafts program), Late Night Poker, Euchre tournaments, Laughter After Dark (featuring nationally touring comedians), and weekly concerts are planned by both students and staff in collaboration with student organizations.
The Division of Campus Recreation provides diverse facilities and programs and experiential learning opportunities such as club sports, ice skating, outdoor pursuits, and even scuba training. Students have access to a range of activities and facilities such as the Ping Center, the Aquatic Center, and Bird Ice Arena. Campus Recreation's mission is promote physical, emotional, and social growth of individuals by encouraging the development of lifelong skills and positive attitudes through recreational activities. More information is available at www.ohio.edu/recreation.
Join a Student Organization
There are over 350 student organizations at Ohio University. These range from academically focused groups to volunteer organizations to fraternities and sororities. It is very easy to become involved with one or more of them. A listing of student organizations is available at http://storg.admsrv.ohio.edu/. You can search alphabetically or by type of organization.
These and other opportunities for involvement outside the classroom abound for students on the Ohio University campus. By becoming involved in this way, you will feel more connected to the university, and will increase your likelihood of success.