How to Help Your Student Get Involved

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It is never too late for students to get involved at Georgia Tec

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It is never too late for students to get involved at Georgia Tech. For most students, community involvement provides the life-learning balance they need to succeed.

Student involvement in out-of-class experiences has been shown to increase satisfaction with the overall college experience. Students who get involved in campus activities are also more likely to graduate. Company recruiters also look for students who are well-rounded and have developed leadership skills. However, there is the tendency for students to get over-involved, which can have the opposite effect and result in burn out and lower grades. There are also students who have the urge to “pad” a resume with activities - this will backfire if an employer asks questions about those activities.

How can parents help their student create the balance they need to succeed at Georgia Tech? The best way is to help them make good decisions about what organizations they join. There are five questions students should ask themselves before getting involved in an organization.
1. What am I already interested in?
2. What abilities or skills do I want to improve or learn?
3. How much time can I commit to this organization?
4. Does this club have dues, and if so, can I afford them?
5. What does this club require for membership?

As your student starts to answer those questions, the next step is to find out what is available on campus. Georgia Tech offers a wide variety of activities for student engagement. The groups span from student government associations to publications to sports clubs to spiritual organizations. If students cannot find an organization in which they are interested, they can easily charter their own organization. Encourage your student to go online at www.involvement.gatech.edu to learn about these activities. All these organizations along with the campus activities calendar can be found on this Web site.

Students can also visit The Student Involvement Center (StIC) located on the second floor of the Student Center Commons. The StIC is the place to find out about organizations, charter a new organization, find resources for established organizations, and discover what is happening on campus. We have staff and students who can assist your student in finding the right organization for him/her.

The Student Organizations Fair held during the second week of each semester is another resource for students. There will be organizational representatives available to give out information on their activities and answer questions.

Students should also take advantage of the CareerTech portfolio located at www.careertech.gatech.edu to document their experiences and the skills they have developed while at Georgia Tech. With this tool, students can create resumes, upload presentations or papers they have written, keep track of references, and create up to three different portfolios that they can give access permission to employers or graduate schools. It is a great planning tool and another way for your student to stand out from all the other college students seeking jobs.

In summary, the four tips we give to students regarding involvement are as follows:
1. Get involved in at least one activity your 1st semester.
2. Attend campus events.
3. By the time you leave Tech, have done something just for fun, something that challenged you, and something that will benefit you professionally.
4. Be able to express what you did and what you learned from it.

By encouraging your student to get involved and to make good decisions about those activities you will be helping them develop new skills, meet new people, decrease homesickness, improve stress levels and time management, and get the most out of their college experience.

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  • Created By: Rachael Pocklington
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  • Created On: Oct 5, 2008 - 8:00pm
  • Last Updated: Oct 7, 2016 - 11:11pm