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Friday, July 14, 2017

Getting Involved


Getting Involved
By far, the best decision you could possibly make throughout your college career is whether or not you should get involved on campus! Here at Stephen F. Austin State University, we offer over 200 various Student Organizations, ranging from Greek life to organizations pertaining to your major! Take a look at a few of the organizations our Jack Walkers are involved with and how getting involved changed their college careers!

Andie: 


Andie has been involved in: 

- Alpha Chi Omega
- A Jack Walker

How has getting involved changed your college experience? 

"By getting involved in college, it has allowed me to be able to meet so many different people and has truly opened me up and made me grow as a person. It has provided me with experiences that I would have never gotten if I wouldn't have gotten involved through different organizations!"

Arden:

Arden has been involved in: 

- Jack Camp, Counselor
- A Jack Walker
- Delta Delta Delta Sorority, Alumni
- Certified Campus Recreation Lifeguard since 2014

What advice would you give to students looking to get involved? 
"Try everything at least once! You may not like every organization that you consider, so keep an open mind! One of the best things about college is having endless amount of opportunity to try new things!"




Bailie:

*Bailie is on the left in this picture
Bailie has been involved in: 

- A Jack Walker
- Pre-Dental Student Association
- Driving Jacks
- Intramural Sports, Official

How has getting involved changed your college experience?

"Getting involved was the best decision I ever made. Throughout high school I was very active in various organizations and community events. Once I started college, I knew that my main focus HAD to be on school and grades, especially if I wanted to excel for higher education. After dedicating my entire my freshman year to school, I was not only mentally and physically drained but I also realized that making friends wasn't as easy as it was for me in high school. I made a list of goals for myself when I entered into my second year of college, and one of those goals was to get involved! After my first year in an organization, I definitely became a changed person! My grades excelled and I felt happier. By getting involved on campus, I not only became introduced to several amazing people and opportunities to represent my university, but I also have made several 'happy memories to hold' onto for forever. Getting involved made me into the person I am today."

Bobby:


Bobby has been involved in: 

- Sigma Nu Fraternity
- Carrie Underwood Fan Club
- A Jack Walker
Hospitality Administration Society

How has getting involved changed your college experience?

"Getting involved forced me to get out and meet new people and as a result I've made life long friends along the way! Getting involved really does make your whole college experience that much greater!"

                            


 Clarissa:


Clarissa has been involved in: 

- Student Nursing Association
- A Jack Walker
- Chi Omega Sorority
- Jack Camp Counselor

How has getting involved changed your college experience?

"Getting involved on campus was the best decision I ever made because it introduced me to amazing people, it offered me leadership opportunities, and provided me with the best college experience and memories!"





Graham:


Graham has been involved in: 

- Delta Tau Delta Fraternity
- A Jack Walker
- Jack Pass, Organization Leader
- American Marketing Association
- Sports Business 

How has getting involved changed your college experience?

"Getting involved has allowed me to find connections among the SFA community and many job opportunities! "







Holly:

Holly has been involved in: 

- Panhellenic VP, Public Relations
- A Jack Walker
- Greek Life Office


How has getting involved changed your college experience?

"Getting involved has given me the opportunity to further myself socially, professionally, and enhance my leadership skills! It has helped me to make lifelong friends and given me memories that I wouldn't trade for the world!"







Hannah S:

Hannah has been involved in: 

- Chi Omega Sorority
- A Jack Walker


How has getting involved changed your college experience?

"Getting involved has given me a new perspective on college life whether it was from making new friends through Jack Walkers or Chi Omega! I love being able to see first hand the new excitement on new Lumberjack faces as I am given the opportunity to show them our beautiful home away from home. Getting involve has given me a renewed feeling that SFA was perfect for me"



Jake:

Jake has been involved in: 

- Delta Tau Delta Fraternity
- A Jack Walker
- Jack Camp Counselor


How has getting involved changed your college experience?

"Getting involved was the best decision I have have made at SFA. I have never sat in my room and wished I had something to do or had opportunities to pursue. It has made my college career priceless and the relationships I have now will last long after I walk across the stage this semester."




Jon B:

Jon has been involved in: 

- Theta Chi Fraternity
- A Jack Walker
- Is on the IFC Executive Board
- Orientation Leader
- Jack Camp Counselor
- Student Activity Association


How has getting involved changed your college experience?

"Getting involved on campus has allowed me to meet a plethora of people that I would have never met. The experiences that I share with these people create such happy memories that I can take with me long after my college years."



John M:


*Photo: John is Second to last in this picture*
John has been involved in: 

- Delta Tau Delta Fraternity
- A Jack Walker
- Student Society of Arboriculture
- Society of American Foresters
- Jack Camp Counselor


How has getting involved changed your college experience?

"Initially, I didn't get involved at SFA and I came to find the school not as interesting. I was consistently finding myself watching Netflix in my room or studying in the library, becoming the typical "loner" in college. I had a few friends and didn't branch out much. After my first semester I was debating on going home until my mom convinced me to stay and join an organization. During the first week of Spring 2015, I decided to rush Delta Tau Delta. Through the fraternity I met a multitude of well-rounded individuals who were involved all over campus. I was able to learn about the organizations my brothers were involved in and even joined the ones I found interesting, including Jack Walkers and Jack Camp. Getting involved was easily the most pivotal moment in my college career because it helped me gain friends, confidence, and many other skills that help me in every day life. My advice to any incoming freshman at ANY university is to find an organization to get involved in so they can meet like-minded individuals and learn the skills to help them succeed throughout life."

Julianna:
*Julianna, wearing white in the picture. 
Although Julianna spends the majority of her time as a Nursing Student for Stephen F. Austin State University, she also dedicates a few hours to the following: 

- A Jack Walker
- Fine Arts Liason

How has getting involved changed your college experience?

"My first semester of college, I literally drove to my hometown, Longview, every single weekend. I didn't know anyone at SFA, so I left Nacogdoches to avoid feeling lonely on the weekends when I wasn't in class. My second semester is when I actually started getting involved with campus organizations. I started meeting new people and going to campus events. I felt less lonely since I was building a new community around me. This foundation of people I built getting my first undergrad degree is what ultimately caused me to come back to Nacogdoches to pursue my second degree in Nursing and what made me feel most at ease when I signed a contract to work at an area hospital for three years after I graduate from Nursing school. I still get to go visit my family in Longview, but I'm definitely proud to call Nacogdoches my new home."

Kassidy:

Kassidy has been involved in: 

- Chi Omega Sorority
- A Jack Walker
- Jack Camp Counselor
- Intramural Sports


How has getting involved changed your college experience?

"in high school I was involved in pretty much everything my school had to offer. So I wanted to bring that into my college career. In college, I have met so many people I never thought I would meet, With that, it's held me accountable for leadership positions and made me a better person. Later as my career flourishes and as I start to apply for internships and jobs, I'll have enormous amounts of references that I can chose from, just from being involved."



Not Sure How to Get Involved or What to Get Involved with?
Check out the Involvement Center Located in Dr. Baker Student Center, Suite 1.204 or schedule an appointment to get advised by calling 936.468.1175 or emailing GetInvolved@sfasu.edu