Rob Miller -
Communication Science Minor: Military Science
City, State: Burlington, IA
Out-of-class experiences: University Swingers, ROTC, ODK
could have changed anything about my out-of-class involvement I
would have gotten more involved with the community. There are so
many wonderful things that this town has to offer and I passed
up on a lot of those activities while I was here.
The out-of-class experience that helped me support my liberal
arts education the most was when I joined the University
Swingers my sophomore year. I learned to not only swing dance
but also do other Latin dances.
Since I am going into the Army after school I look at
my minor more as my major and
vice-versa. This means that the out-of-class experience that has
been most helpful to my Military Science minor has been every
year I do Ranger Challenge, which is like a sport for the Army
ROTC. It has built my skills, strength, and most importantly my
I feel very prepared for life after graduation. This
is because I know that by taking on roles in out-of-class
experiences like president, captain, or chair, I am able to gain
valuable leadership skills that you can't learn in the
classroom. I have also gained friends and memories that I will
never forget, giving me a very positive Truman experience.
Always get involved
with as much as you can. But be very careful to not overload
yourself. Just remember, you are a student first, and a member
second. Before joining something, think about how much time it
is going to take and if you have to put that organization off
for a while, then that is what you have to do.
Kristen Johnson -
Health Science major Pre-Med
Jefferson City, MO
Zeta, Alpha Phi Omega, Greek Christian Alliance, AMSA
(intermittently), Bacchus & Gamma, National Society of
Collegiate Scholars, Omicron Delta Kappa, Student Ambassador,
Swingers, Homecoming Committee, Detours magazine.
What factors determined
your decisions about your out-of-class involvements?
The main factors that determined my out-of-class involvement was
my personal interests...I enjoy many different activities that
are not offered as classes. In order to participate in these
activities, I joined several organizations that would suffice my
interests. For example, I enjoy leading, organizing, service,
If you go back in time and change anything about your
out-of-class involvements, what would you change?
I would have gotten
involved in organizations as a freshman rather than waiting
until I was a sophomore. I feel I have missed out on some
experiences because I waited a year before becoming involved.
What out-of-class experiences were most helpful in supporting
your liberal arts education?
All of my organizations
have helped support my liberal arts education. The purpose of a
liberal arts education is to become more well-rounded; by
joining a variety of organizations I have not only had many
different experiences, I have also met a variety of people, all
of which has helped me to become a more well-rounded individual
and able to handle more situations effectively.
experiences were most helpful in supporting your education in
AMSA, the medical student association, has helped support my
education as a pre-med major by bringing in various doctors to
speak, arranging MCAT sessions and giving many opportunities to
talk one-on-one with doctors and medical students from around
Missouri. (I was never an actual member b/c I never paid dues,
but I did attend various meetings and workshops).
How do you believe out-of-class experiences have prepared you
for your life after graduation (job, graduate school)?
I have had several opportunities to work with many different
types of people, which will definitely help me in future
careers--not everyone thinks like me or reacts as I do in
situations. Knowing that and how to work with, rather than
against, others is an invaluable tool. Also, the various
projects I have helped with and/or planned has allowed me to
gain experience with small and large activities (ie, homecoming
committee, roundtable for DZ, recruitment party chair, etc.)
In what other ways do you believe your out-of-class
involvements enhanced your undergraduate experience?
While some think that college is merely to gain an education, I
believe otherwise. College is a time in your life where you get
to experience things for the first time, in the classroom and
out. By being involved in out-of-class experiences, I have had
many valuable experiences that I would not have within the
classroom. I have had hands-on experience with planning major
events for the University as well as smaller events for
individual organizations. This experience is not something that
can be taught out of a textbook or in a lecture. I have
knowledge and ability to plan, work and carryout many different
types of events and to me, that's more important than being able
to calculate math problems.
What advice would you give first-year-students at Truman
regarding out-of-class experiences?
Even if it's only a one time event, get out of your dorm room
and get involved in something, anything that will give you a
place and a purpose on this campus. Being involved not only
serves your interests, but it is also a way to relieve stress
and get to know several new people.
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