Spring 2014

Getting Involved is Key to College Success

By Sydney Inks

One of the keys to having a complete college experience is involvment with activities, events and people who will test your strengths and encourage you to test yourself. Caitlin Lindsay is a prime example of how students can get involved, network and apply valuable life skills in any activity she does. Lindsay appreciates students, professors and faculty alike as mentors and inspiration to help her achieve higher success.

“We kind of challenge each other to outdo the other one. If one of them graduates with high honors, our goal is to graduate with highest honors. It’s friendly competition,” said Lindsay, regarding her competitive relationships with her friends. She has been involved with numerous extra-curricular activities, ranging from Greek life to working at the Student Affairs office.

As Lindsay’s college career has progressed, she has strived to relate to everyone she encounters as she has done in Delta Phi Epsilon, the sorority she serves as president.

“Sororities are made up of a wide range of majors and that has really helped me to look at things in different perspectives because you talk to your sisters about everything,” said Lindsay. “You have to learn to respect other peoples’ opinions and present yours in a respectful way.”

Lindsay strongly believes getting involved is beneficial in many forms, and resume building is crucial for post graduation plans. Her resume is certainly fulfilling as she is currently working three jobs: two in the Admissions office and interning for the Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs, shadowing leaders of different departments within student affairs, attending meetings for budgeting, and performing various other tasks. She is also president of the White Rose of the Sigma Tau Gamma fraternity and has participated in the Student Alumni Association, Multicultural Leadership Conference, and several other clubs and organizations.

However, it is not just about listing another activity on her resume; the experience of being active on campus and active with the area community are truly valuable. “These activities are a chance to relieve stress and see which processes of relaxation can do that for someone as an individual,” said Lindsay.

The General Education Program (GEP) at UW- Stevens Point has also opened Lindsay to a variety of new interests or career paths. Although she has declared a double major in sociology and social work, she still enjoys topics she had not previously pursued. The GEP introduces students to different fields of studies through required credits in basic subjects. This is especially useful to undecided majors since the exposure can spike interests in unknown careers.

Lindsay’s involvement is representative of a student body willing to get involved to better the university, their fellow peers and themselves. Lindsay is thriving in a community at UW-Stevens Point that encourages students to be adventurous and learn through experience. 

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