When you’re getting ready to go away to school, “getting involved” is probably not one of the main things you’re most excited for. However, the more time you spend on campus, the more it becomes your home and your surrounding area begins to feel like your very own community. Giving back to the campus and local community is not only a great way to build up your resume and feel rewarded – it’s a great way to make friends.
The best part about getting involved locally is that there is no “one-size-fits-all” way to do it. You can find something that you genuinely enjoy doing that will benefit your social life, your academic progression, and the community alike. Here are a few ideas.
Browse Clubs on Campus
Almost every campus has at least one club that’s dedicated to doing community service. Typically, there are different clubs for different types of endeavors, and you can join as many as you like. This is a great way to find out about any local events that need some extra help as well as to lend a hand in organizing cleanups, seminars at local schools, fundraisers, et cetera. If your school doesn’t have one of these, why not start one?
Find a Job
For things that need to be done on and around campus, most hirers prefer to fill these positions with college students. Check Craigslist, your college’s social media pages, and on-campus bulletin boards to see what positions need to be filled. Whether you’re lending a hand at a local pizza shop, in the on-campus mailroom, or at the bookstore, you’re helping to make the local community more self-sufficient while, in most cases, getting a paycheck.
If you’re in your junior or senior year – or even a grad program – you have plenty of knowledge and experience to help others pass their classes. Post bulletins at the library and nearby high schools to let students know that you’re available to assist them. You should even make this known on your school’s social media pages so that anyone who is attending college online won’t miss out.
Support Local Events
You don’t even have to commit to regularly volunteering your time if you want to give back to the community. Just support local events! Go to local farmers markets, art shows, concerts, and charity events to show your support. There’s nothing more disheartening than putting together a big event and having a small turnout – and just by giving a few hours of your time every now and then, you can contribute to making someone’s day.