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Life of a Student Caller

As we all know, college is expensive! Most of us have become accustomed to the McDonald’s dollar menu and Ramen noodles.  It’s not a myth.. The term “broke college student” will be a commonly used term once you get to college.  Between the tuition, books, and costs of entertainment, you might find yourself in need of a job.  That’s where Benedictine’s admissions office can come into play 🙂

Most of us students are busy with classes and homework, and can’t fully commit to a job off campus.  Benedictine offers students very flexible hours and they’re very understanding that we’re busy and sometimes things come up.  Students work at a variety of different places on campus. If you really want a job, it won’t be hard to find one.

I, personally, work as a student ambassador giving tours and I’m a student caller.  I started working as a student caller my freshman year and it opened up many doors for me. I met some of my best friends (S/O to Andrew Schroeder and Kerry Kamsiuk) and have had 2 of the best admissions counselors in the world as bosses (S/O to Kathryn Deluhery and Katie LeGros).  The environment at work is really fun and you’ll be able to learn about other jobs that are offered in admissions.  That’s how I found out about being a student ambassador.

So what do we do?  We are those students that have probably left you several voicemails by now.. We call anyone who may be interested in coming to Benedictine and invite them to events or just find out if they need help with applying.  This has been an amazing experience so far and it has improved my communication skills tremendously.  You may not have thought about this, but being able to talk on the phone will help you out a lot in the real world.  Whether it comes to being able to communicate with people in the business world over the phone, or even making personal appointments, these skills are sometimes underestimated.

You also develop a certain level of professionalism at this job.  It’s not uncommon for people to be rude over the phone or even hangup on you.  My guess is you will probably encounter similar situations when you get to the working world.  Some people will be interested in what you have to say, and others won’t.  As a student caller, we all have learned how to interact with different types of people over the phone.  We have learned to politely take people off of the calling list, even when they are kind of rude.  We have also spoken to many very nice people over the phone and have gotten them to come out to events on campus.

Sometimes our boss will create friendly competition between the student callers to see who can get the most RSVP’s.  It can be very rewarding when you are the reason that the most students showed up to a certain event. Another huge perk of this job is that we often get gift cards at the end of the year for our hard work.  Our boss, Katie, will give us cards for food or music.  Overall, the job is a lot of fun, especially when you meet people and get to work with them.

When you get to campus and you want to make some extra money, you should really consider applying for a job as a student caller in admissions!

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Starting a new club on campus

Benedictine has TONS of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.  There are clubs for every major, clubs dedicated to service and volunteering, and organizations for pre-professional programs.  I am currently a part of AMSA (American Medical Student Association), Best Buddies, and ASAP (Adolescent Substance Abuse Prevention). I also help out sometimes with UNICEF and KIVA, and these are just a few of the clubs on campus.

However, you may find that you have a strong interest in something that Benedictine does not have a club for.  Luckily for you, you can start your own club on campus!  I actually just started a club called Care to Cure.  We will focus on one illness or cancer each month. We will educate the group about this illness and have a fundraising event for that specific foundation. The cool thing about our club is that everyone involved can suggest which diseases we focus on each month.  This gives everyone a way to advocate for a cause that is important to them. All of you should join! 🙂

Enough about my club though! What if you come to campus and are really serious about founding your own club?  First, make sure you are really committed to starting this club, because it can be a lot of work!  If you are really passionate about it, then follow these tips to get started:

  1. Contact our Student Involvement office and talk to Chris Smith. He’ll give you all of the information you need and help you start your organization.  He’s also very honest about whether or not he thinks your club will get approved.
  2. Find at least 10 students who would be willing to join your club and get their signatures.
  3. You will need to find an executive board for your club, usually consisting of a president, vice president, secretary and treasurer.  However, you may have different positions, depending on the type of club you have.  Make sure that these people will be committed to your group, because you want a strong executive board to get your club started.
  4. You will have to find a faculty member on campus to be the advisor for your club.  Make sure this person is willing to help and commit as well!
  5. Next, you will have to create a constitution for the club.  This will consist of membership requirements, responsibilities of officers, a purpose for the club, etc. This is one of the most lengthy parts of the process, but once this is completed, you’re almost there.
  6. Chris Smith will review all of your materials and approve of them.  He may give you tips on what to change or add to your constitution.
  7. Once all of that is done, you will have to go before Student Senate and present your club.  They will vote on your club and you will either get approved or denied.

If you get denied, do not get discouraged! You can appeal the decision and Student Involvement will help you make changes that will help your club to get approved.

Once you get approved, you can start hosting events, having meetings and getting people involved in what’s important to you!