Experience Matters – Getting Involved on Campus

Now that you’re settled on campus, we hope you are getting a good feel of MSU and all the campus has to offer. With classes taking a significant amount of time and effort, making time to engage in outside activities has great benefits. Our campus has numerous resources to help you connect with the diverse population, an important element in assuring you get the most out of your education.

OISS has partnered with the MSU Career Services Network to help students get acquainted with the opportunities on- and off-campus that will help build you both as a student and professional. Whether you are new to MSU or this is your final year, here are a few things you can do to develop and enhance vital skills while gaining relevant experience regardless of your field of study.

Working Part-Time Jobs

Seek opportunities to demonstrate your work ethic and build relationships while learning how different organizations work. You could even get paid doing it! Visit MySpartanCareer to view the latest part time job openings. (careernetwork.msu.edu)

Volunteering Make a difference in the community while interacting with people from different walks of life. For instance, the MSU Food Bank is a great place to volunteer.  The Center for Service Learning and Civic Engagement (CSLCE) lists volunteer opportunities so be sure to explore- you may even get credit or a GPA boost from volunteer work! (servicelearning.msu.edu)

Undergraduate Research Professors and faculty are always seeking students who have an interest in gaining analytical, problem solving and communications skills. These skills are vital even beyond college so talk to your TA/Professor or academic advisor. (Visit urca.msu.edu/ for more information)

Join a Student Organization This is easier said than done but we will say it one more time- MSU has over 500 student clubs and organizations-surely there is something out there for each one of us! Attending student groups’ events is a great way to start; making your presence known in the organization is even better! (Visit studentlife.msu.edu for a complete list of Registered Student Organizations)

Serve as a Career Fair Ambassador Many people overlook the added advantage one gets from being at the fore front of recruiting. Interacting with potential employers as well as getting an insight of what employers look for eases your nervousness!

Attend Information Sessions See a student group, organization or company that interests you? Take time to sit in on info sessions and be sure to network with the presenters- they will remember you. Also, enjoy some of the good food and gifts many of these info sessions have!

Join Online groups that interest you For example, Spartan Links on LinkedIn is a useful base to network with MSU alumni and professionals. Keep this within your scope of interest so as to avoid receiving inapplicable information. While you’re at it, “Like” OISS on Facebook to get more useful tips!

36b07b7Wendy Emali is an Undergraduate Senior from Nairobi, Kenya pursuing a degree in Finance from the Broad College of Business. She is currently the Experiential Learning Intern at the Office of International Students and Scholars (OISS). Her campus activities include involvement with organizations that promote African culture and unity.

As an Experiential Learning Intern at OISS, I am excited to be part of a great team that supports the international community. The goal of Experiential Learning is to enhance the educational and social experience of international students and other internationally-minded students, faculty and community members. Experiential Learning includes internships, service learning, undergraduate research, study abroad, and other creative and professional work experiences. I hope you will enjoy this blog and make use of the various posts written on OISSLive. Please give us feedback or ask questions! Would you like to write a blog? Email elizm@msu.edu.

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