With a view to make CIMAGE students ‘Industry-Ready’, we need to sharpen their ability for Analysis, Problem Solving and Communication. What we have at present is by and large an ‘academic’ environment. While this has served us well, we now need to graduate into one, where the knowledge imparted in the classroom is supplemented by inputs that improve Attitude (What the students believe and feel) and Skills (What they are able to do).
Most students go to college to learn. Most know, or at least soon discover, that their academic work at college will be different than the work that they did in school. They are expected to spend more time studying and there is a higher level of thinking demanded. But the college years are also about other kinds of learning. Often much of this other learning happens outside of the classroom.
Clubs at College offers students opportunities to pursue old interests and to discover the new ones. Unfortunately, too many college students pass up some of the opportunities that they have in college, because they are too focused on either their academic life or their party life. Many worry, that getting involved in activities or organizations on campus will distract them from their academic pursuits rather than enhancing their academics.
A student learns to find his/her own path during college. He/She will need to make his/her own choices. CIMAGE wants to help its student think about the benefits of getting involved in groups and activities that the college offers.
Getting involved in groups that share common interests, or attending activities offered by the college can be fun. Getting involved gives you the opportunity to meet new people.
College is about making new friends, understanding different perspectives, and meeting different kinds of people. Getting involved in campus activities gives you the chance to meet people and diversify your contacts beyond the circle of people you will encounter in your residence or classes.
CIMGAE offers opportunities that you may not encounter easily again. You may have the opportunity to feed a new interest. You can explore an area that you’ve thought of but not been involved in before. You may discover hidden talents or new passions. You may have the opportunity to connect with the college in a new and different way. You may begin to feel more a part of either the college community or the wider community. You will increase your sense of loyalty and identity as a member of the college. You may discover a new career path by participating in clubs or organizations that will lead you in new directions.
Being involved in some groups may be a resume builder too. You will learn to deal with all kinds of people. You will not only meet and spend time with other types of student, your activities may place you in closer contact with faculty members, administrators, or members of the outside community.
You may have opportunities to increase your self-esteem and develop your leadership qualities. You may be surprised to discover new things about yourself as you become involved in helping a group function.
Several studies have shown that students who are active in campus activities, who do more than focus solely on their studies, are more engaged in the campus community and succeed more academically. Being involved in the things happening at the college can bring tremendous benefits to you.