Cedar Crest College newspaper since 1923
By Jennifer Glose, Business Manager
“Your college years will be the best years of your life.” It’s a common phrase said to almost every entering college student. But are students at Cedar Crest truly making the most of their college experience? Are they making enough social connections with on-campus clubs or activities, students, professors, and administration, to enhance their academic experience?
Cedar Crest College encourages students to spread their wings as far as possible by offering many on-campus clubs and activities. In this way, they hope to illuminate each individual’s unique path to success.
Sam Korpics, a junior genetic engineering student, participates in scientific research on campus and is also the vice president for the class of 2014. She stands firm in her belief of on-campus involvement.
“From the research that I do on campus, I get to go and present what I have found, and I get to interact with other scientists that are my age,” she said. “And I really get to network, which is a huge thing.”
Cedar Crest attracts a wide variety of students. Some have children to attend to after class or full time jobs to get to. Not every student is able to participate in on-campus activities as much as other students, though the college does try to accommodate everyone’s unique schedule by offering many different times and days for activities. However, many students still realize the importance of getting involved.
“In the end, if you don’t do it, you are only hurting yourself. You can stay uninvolved, you can live in your own little bubble, you can focus just on studies, but when you go into a job or into grad school, they’re looking for a well rounded student,” Korpics said.
Lizzie Martin, a senior forensic science major, is also making the most of her college experience at Cedar Crest. On campus, she is president of both the Chemistry Club and the Forensic Science Organization. She hopes that her involvement will encourage other students to join in clubs or activities.
“They enhance your leadership skills, collaboration, and networking. It is a great way for upperclassmen to help the underclassmen,” Martin said.
Faculty members also value students’ involvement at the college and offer their own experiences as a guide.
“When I was an undergrad I used to participate in activities I was interested in and even ones that I knew nothing about because it gave me new experiences and friends,” said Precious Yamaguchi, an assistant professor of communications at Cedar Crest. “I believe I participated in everything from Filipino dancing to Tennis Club and even tutored Native American children!”
The Multicultural Center at Cedar Crest gives great opportunities for students to network with other cultures while learning about global life.
Kenza Glass, an English as a Second Language specialist and faculty advisor for the Multicultural Center at Cedar Crest, also encourages students to engage in on-campus life.
“Research indicates that students who are involved in their campus community are much more likely to have a positive college experience, have enhanced intellectual and interpersonal development, and successfully persist to graduation,” Glass said. “Being involved on campus offers the opportunity to find a passion, make new friends, become a better communicator, and apply the knowledge gained from coursework.”
The Career Planning Center at Cedar Crest gives students access to many ideas for on-campus involvement, to help better guide them to their career choice and to encourage them to recognize their passions. Every day, Julie Ambrose, the interim director of Career Planning, persists in guiding the students of the college.
“Any type of activity can provide insight and skill development. By putting yourself in lots of different environments, you also begin to distinguish between arenas you enjoy, people you want to be around, etc.,” she explained. “One of the great insights one learns by engaging in clubs, activities, etc. is to recognize one’s own uniqueness.”
As the semester moves on, and the grueling class work, tests, and projects continue to persist, let there be some light at the end of the tunnel. Perhaps, responding to one of the many campus emails about on-campus activities and clubs could become the light to an even more amazing and fulfilling college experience—one that will make an imprint, not just on a resume, but in everyday life.