Editorial: Get involved, gain experiences

The new school year is starting, and while it is sure to bring a lot of homework, papers and, of course, stress, students shouldn’t forget to take part in the various educational and entertainment opportunities that will soon arise.

Rider has more to offer than just education; it has jobs, on campus organizations and groups that will help you meet people and prepare for a future career. Stop by the Student Employment Job Fair on Monday, Sept. 12, to meet employers in different departments that have job openings waiting to be filled by hard-working students. Attending could get you some work experience and also a nice paycheck. Also, attend the Student Government Association Awareness Day on Thursday, Sept. 15, to learn about the clubs you can join that may line up with your major, as well as the multiple educational and Greek fraternities and sororities on campus.

Volunteering is always encouraged. Rider has programs such as Bonner Scholars and Rider Serves that place emphasis on building leadership skills. They are best for students who want to work through a campus organization but also reach out to the local community.

You can also go out on your own to find work with organization chapters in nearby areas such as Princeton, Trenton and even right here in Lawrenceville. For example, if you like to work with children, you can head over to Big Brothers, Big Sisters in Trenton and mentor a young student who needs someone to look up to. Or, if you prefer to help an entire family, contact Homefront, which is a group that looks to provide education and housing services to local families that are in need of some help to get back on their feet. Finally, to help people everywhere, look into working with the American Red Cross, the closest location being in Princeton. There are endless opportunities; it will just take some research to find the one that’s right for you.

Rider fall sports, including soccer, volleyball and field hockey, and club sports including Ultimate Frisbee and table tennis, are in full swing. Games are listed on the Rider Events calendar and on gobroncs.com on each sport’s personal page. Channel your inner athlete. Attend a game of your favorite sport or join the team for a club sport and find your school spirit.

Take the time to explore the surrounding area. There are so many shops, restaurants and other ways to occupy your time around Rider that you may not know about. One weekend, set aside time to visit Princeton, the plazas on Route 1 and random restaurants a few exits down. You will probably find something that you really enjoy that you may not have had at home.

While off campus, look for any stores and shops that are hiring college students, if you don’t want to work on campus. An off-campus job will still provide you work experience, and it will get you off campus, giving you a change of scenery.

If you don’t have a car on campus, take advantage of the rental car service WeCar that Rider has put into effect this year. For an hour, a day or overnight, you can rent a hybrid car from the university for your own use, preventing the need to bring your own car to campus.

The new school year presents new opportunities. Take the time to look both on and off campus for ways to meet new people, gain new experiences and make yourself a more well-rounded person. Join a club sport, find a new job or visit a new restaurant. It’s up to you to make this year great.

This weekly editorial expresses the majority opinion of The Rider News. This week’s editorial was written by the Opinion Editor, Angelique Lee.

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