Why You Should Be Involved (And How To Do It)

Whether you’re a new student at UMaine or preparing to graduate in May of 2018, it’s never too early or too late to think about getting involved. When it comes to building your resume and your repertoire of skills, getting involved during your college career is crucial. Employers are not only looking for great students, but are seeking out well rounded candidates, and this includes work experience and involvement. No matter what your schedule or time constraints, there are a multitude of ways to get your foot in the door.

The Bodwell Center:

No matter what your interest, the Bodwell Center offers endless opportunity for involvement. You can sign up for a one day project, or work with their staff to find a longer term project that helps meet your goals. You can also get involved with Alternative Breaks through this office. Volunteerism looks great on a resume and can often open the door for more opportunities.

Greek Life:

If you’re looking to get a big bang for your buck in regards to involvement, consider joining a Greek organization. UMaine offers 19 fraternities and 8 sororities, which means there’s an organization to suit just about everyone’s interests. By joining a Greek organization, you automatically become connected with the over 1100 current members and thousands of alumni members. Members of Greek life are connected with academic support, philanthropy and volunteer activities, leadership development and often work closely with the community. You can visit the Greek Life Office in the basement of the Memorial Union, next door to the V.E.T.S. office.

Campus Activities and Student Engagement:

No matter what your major or interest, CASE can help connect you with the right club or organization. You can visit their office in the basement of the Memorial Union (to the left of the Wade Center) to learn more about the events, organizations, clubs and leadership opportunities they offer to all UMaine students.

RHA:

If you live in a residence hall or on campus apartment, consider joining the Residence Hall Association. This is a fantastic way to develop leadership skills by working with your fellow students and university administrators to determine the best use of resources for the on campus community, put on awesome activities and share your ideas.

Chelsea Stanhope
Career Counselor