Volunteering & Stay Sane
Work experience isn’t the only thing you need when you’re applying for jobs. You need an education (round of applause – you’re clearly working on that one!) and potentially volunteer experience as well.
There are plenty of ways to get involved with volunteering and activism while you’re in college. In fact, it’s one of the best places to get involved.
Pick your passion
Most colleges or universities will have some sort of “participation day” where all the student groups set up to recruit new members. If you do a quick search on your university website for student organizations, you’re sure to find it!
It’s important to think about what you might like to get involved in before you go – the number of clubs can be pretty overwhelming!
If you’re into sports, you can bet there will be intramural and club sports teams there. But in terms of volunteer organizations that will help out with your resume, think about getting active. There are groups that are organized around political parties, environmental causes, student issues, animal issues, and other interest groups.
Once you’ve thought of things that you want to get involved in, get going! You’ll make new friends who share your interests, and you’ll expand your experience at the same time!
The world is a stressful place. You’ve got school, work, and your personal life, and juggling all of those in college can be insane.
Current events are causing stress for everyone these days as well.
Are universities helping?
Mental illnesses among college students are showing up more and more. Part of the rise in mental illness is attributed to the increased awareness and more people being open to talking about their experiences. But another part is due to the increased stress placed on college students.
A major problem facing many universities these days, though, is the lack of mental health help on campus. Fewer than half of universities provide even part-time counseling resources, and over 30% provide no counseling resources at all.
However, due to the decreased stigma around mental illness in general, more universities are getting on board and modernizing their mental health facilities, and students have been leading the charge to push their schools for more resources.
In the News This Week:
Instant Pickup: in a push for brick-and-mortar, Amazon, the online retail giant, has started opening “Instant Pickup” locations – reducing delivery time from hours to minutes.
The right to assembly: the Department of Justice is demanding data on visitors to a website that was used to coordinate inauguration protests, but the hosting company is fighting the warrant.
Put your money where your mouth is: business leaders are cutting ties with the president’s manufacturing council after Trump’s most recent statements (or lack thereof) related to the violence in Charlottesville, VA.
Why College Students Need Business Cards
Everyone knows that dreaded feeling you get in your stomach when you realize you are unprepared for something. During my junior year of college, I was pursuing a bachelor’s degree with a minor, while working twenty plus hours a week. When one customer found out that I was in school for graphic design, he immediately stated that he had been looking for someone to work on a brochure for his daughter’s business. Before leaving, he turned to me and said, “Do you have a business card I can take?” There was that feeling, except it was multiplied ten fold because I was standing in front of coworkers when it was asked, in public, and in front of a potential client. The answer was, as you can guess, no, I did not have a business card. But you better believe that I had one created and several loaded into my wallet within the next month so I never had to be in that situation again.
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