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Peer Mentors for First-Year Students

Getting Involved On and Off Campus by Mentor Risa Robinson

by Brianna Luft | Mar 12, 2014

After we all come back from spring break it’s easy to feel overwhelmed and stressed with the remainder of the semester. While studying and doing your work should be a main priority, try and take the time to do things both on and off campus. Meetings for clubs, student government, and professional organizations are open to all students at any time of the year. It’s not too late to join these organizations and it’s not too early to think about what you want to be a part of next year! Being involved on the campus helps you with time management, networking, and appreciating the school even more.

Do you feel like you want to get away from campus from time to time? Find a job around the school to pick up some extra cash. Volunteer at local hospitals and pharmacies if you can’t find a job. Any type of experience at these kinds of places will help you with your future careers. Also remember that there are plenty of volunteer or job opportunities right here on campus. ACPHS Academy, the charter school located in the Holland/Princeton building, is a great program to get involved with if you enjoy helping younger students. You can work for this institution or simply volunteer your time. Currently, the writing center and peer tutoring are looking to hire tutors next year. If you are passionate for a specific subject consider applying as a tutor and sharing that passion with other students who are struggling. The student ambassador program run by the office of admissions hires students to give tours and interact with prospective students. It’s not a huge time commitment and it allows you to share your appreciation for the school with future students.

You may think that you don’t have time to do anything else except school work, but even one hour per week of extracurricular activity is refreshing. Keep an eye out for some of the fun events coming up. Springfest in April is a great opportunity to relax with your friends and enjoy the weather as it gets warmer. You will be able to get your mind off of your stress and meet others who may be in the same situation as you. Don’t be afraid to try new things, you won’t regret it!

Risa Robinson
Doctor of Pharmacy Candidate, Class 2018
Peer Mentor Coordinator 

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