9.09.2012

Building Character In College

Today I'm excited because we got to spend some time with Kaitlyn and watch her march with her college band at the University of Texas. Yesterday John got to march with her for Alumni Band Game Day. 
Hooked on happiness!


Being a part of the Longhorn Marching Band organization has been a lifeline for our college girl. To watch how hard they work and to feel the synergy when they all move in sync is difficult to describe but it dovetails perfectly with today's guest post by Lauren Bailey about Building Character In College - - how fun is that? Welcome, Lauren!

Activities To Help Build Character in College

The trials and tribulations most students will face throughout their college career will most definitely shape their character well past graduation; even something as miniscule as failing an exam or experiencing heartbreak can shape someone's character. While some experiences and situations are out of your control, there are some activities that you can voluntarily participate in to build your character for the better, activities that can also possibly help you develop the skills you need to increase your "hireablility" post-graduation. Here are some examples of these character-building activities:

Become a Resident Advisor
You can't become a resident advisor during your very first semester on campus, but once you get acclimated to college life and begin your second year, it's definitely something that you should consider. Not only are resident advisors there to enforce dorm room rules and regulations, but most resident advisors also serve as "mentors" for the dwellers on their floor. They open their doors for those who need advice or just need to vent about college in general or personal issues. It can definitely be a humbling experience as well as help you grow compassion for others.

Become a Big Brother/ Big Sister
You can become a Big Brother or Big Sister through the nationwide Big Brother or Big Sister Program which, according to their website, is designed to put single parent children in contact with someone who can "represent" a missing male or female role in their lives. Big Brothers and Big Sisters are supposed to serve as role models as well as foot the bill for activities that create a bonding experience for both parties, such as going go-kart racing, watching ball games, and playing lazer tag. Only those 19 and older can become a Big Brother or Big Sister.

Become an After School Program Volunteer
If you live near a local elementary or middle school, you can also become a volunteer. Educators need those who can give time to the youth and read to them, tutor, help with crafts, assist with coaching various sports, and even help some high school seniors with the college application process. If there aren't any formal requests for volunteers, you can go ahead and ask if your school-of-choice will accept a volunteer anyway.

While there will also be tons of school-affiliated organizations that need people to help clean up parks and oceans, plant trees, and help feed the poor, remember that if there is a cause that you're exceptionally passionate about but none of the school organizations support that cause, you can always start your own volunteer initiatives/program.

Lauren Bailey is a freelance education writer for www.bestcollegesonline.com, a website that specializes in both alternative and traditional high education for an array of different learning types. She welcomes your comments. 


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