Truman students have achieved academic success by utilizing skills acquired from out-of-class experiences.
The following
are testimonials from current Truman State students.
 

Image of Gabe KennonGabe Kennon - Senior Criminal Justice and Political Science
City, State: Nevada, MO

Out-of-class experiences: APO (Co-ed Service; Pledgetrainer and Rush Chair); Student Senate (Secretary); ODK (Treasurer); Phi Eta Sigma (Honors); Pi Simga Alpha (Poly Sci Honors); Political Science Society; Pre-Law Club; Student Worker in the Student Affairs Office

What factors determined your decisions about your out-of-class involvements?
There are a lot of different out-of-class experiences that Truman offers.  With so many different opportunities, it almost seems like the hardest part of getting involved is just deciding which organizations to join!  When it came down to it, I got involved in the organizations that I felt most passionate about and wanted to actively contribute to.  Afterwards, friends that I met in these organizations got me interested in other groups.

If you go back in time and change anything about your out-of-class involvements, what would you change?
If I could change anything, I would have gotten involved earlier. Although I joined one or two groups freshman year, I really waited to get involved my sophomore year.  I have gained so much from participating in these organizations, I only wish I would have joined them sooner!

What out-of-class experiences were most helpful in supporting your liberal arts education?
It's difficult to find just one organization that has most supported my liberal-arts education.  At the essence of liberal arts is being well-rounded, and I feel that all of my organizations have helped me become a more well-rounded individual.  APO has taught me the benefit of helping other people through service work while Senate has given me the opportunity to better Truman.  All these organizations have added new dimensions to my life, ultimately making me a more well-rounded individual.

How did your out-of-class experiences prepare you for your life after graduation (job, graduate school)?
Working with other people throughout these organizations has taught me a great deal about communication and organizational skills that will be invaluable as I go on to law school.  Being able to plan and carry out different projects are important skills that I have been able to work on through my organizational involvement, and they will undoubtedly be useful throughout my life.  But even over all of the practical things, the most important thing I have learned from being involved is the amazing ability people have to make real differences in other's lives.

In what other ways do you believe your out-of-class involvements enhanced your undergraduate experience?
Talking about the benefits I have received from being involved is somewhat strange because I never really have to think about it.  I have so much fun working with these groups that it really seems more like a group of friends getting together than an organizational event.  The friendships I have made through these different organizations are so important, and they have made my time at Truman unforgettable.

What advice would you give first-year-students at Truman regarding out-of-class experiences?
Get Involved!  As long as you are doing something that you care about and are interested in, you will have a great time.  School is important, but sometimes just as much can be learned out of the classroom.  Getting involved can really make a huge difference in the quality of education you receive and the type of experience you have.
 


Image of Elizabeth HoppisElizabeth Hoppis - Graduate Student - Counseling Preparation Program
City, State: St. Joseph, Missouri

Out-of-class experiences: Student Activities Board, Echo Yearbook, Campus Christian Fellowship, Student Alumni Council. She has also worked in the Student Union Office for two years and one year for Tim Barcus, campus photographer.

What factors determined your decisions about your out-of-class involvements?
My decisions were based largely on my interests. Time commitments led me to narrow my choices, but was not an initial factor.

If you go back in time and change anything about your out-of-class involvements, what would you change?
I don't know that I would change. In a world where I didn't have an off-campus job in addition to everything else I may have looked at a sorority, but not likely.

What out-of-class experiences were most helpful in supporting your liberal arts education?
The Student Activities Board

How do you believe out-of-class experiences have prepared you for your life after graduation (job, graduate school)?
I think that by being involved in campus activities and jobs I was able to learn how to interact with people in a variety of positions. I believe that I am probably better prepared than I would have been had I not been involved. I think that my communication, organization and dedication skills have all been enhanced.

In what other ways do you believe your out-of-class involvements enhanced your undergraduate experience?
It simply made it more fun. I made friends and a second family here by being involved. I felt as though I belonged to the Truman community. I think I learned life skills that are not present in the classroom. The professors cannot hold our hands and say okay this is how you talk to an agent or this is how you treat a customer, etc. "Out--of-class" involvements can create the situation that is needed to learn these things.

What advice would you give first-year-students at Truman regarding out-of-class experiences?
I would say to get involved, but do not overload. Keep in mind how much you want to be able to study, how much alone time you need, and, maybe most importantly, how many people do you already know on campus.  I came here and knew 17 people from my high school, but we never see one another here. Truman can be a lonely place if you don't know people, or if the ones you do are too busy to spend time with you.  By getting involved in a variety of campus opportunities you can find your niche.  Don't be afraid to go out on a limb- even if an organization, job, or other activity requires an application or audition, try it- you never know what will happen. By going out on a limb I changed my four years here and possibly my life.

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