By: Lauren Gager, Staff Writer
Leah Cover is a sophomore Pre-Pharmacy major here at Bloomsburg University. In her two years at the university she was determined to get involved as soon as she arrived. She is in the Honors Program, a Husky Ambassador and a sister of Alpha Sigma Tau sorority. Within these organizations she has held positions such as National Panhellenic Council Representative for Alpha Sigma Tau as well as Fundraising Chair for the sorority. She feels that her involvement on campus has taught her how to enhance her leadership, organizational, and time management skills. Leah also feels that she has gained a lot of knowledge in networking among a wide range of individuals.
Leah chose to get involved because she loves being busy. She is good at multitasking and loves to take on a good challenge. Other than her determination and love of a busy schedule, she also feels that getting involved on campus makes a person look better-rounded on a resume. Leah says, “Future employers look to see what you have done besides getting a degree and I can say that I was a part of three organizations, have held leadership positions and have volunteered in the community. ”She doesn’t think that would be getting the full college experience if she wasn’t taking advantage of campus opportunities and feels that she is better preparing herself for her future. Leah hopes to one day become a pharmacist and manager at a hospital in addition to starting a family of her own somewhere other than Pennsylvania.
Being involved on campus has benefitted many students here at Bloomsburg University, but being involved may seem stressful at times for any student. Leah handles her stress by building good time management skills. Being involved in three organizations is a lot of commitment. She keeps an agenda book and a calendar with all of her mandatory events for the year and then the additional events that she has to complete or points or her positions she also must factor into her already hectic schedule. Leah tries to keep as organized as possible allowing her to plan ahead and stay on top of things.
When she is really feeling the pressure of being involved and a full time student she likes to either watch a movie or go to the Rec Center. Other than those two activities she has come to accept that she cannot do everything all the time and this has helped her put things into perspective and realize what she does have time for as well as what she does not.
Along with the stresses that come with being involved on campus there are many benefits. The biggest benefit Leah has experienced from being involved on campus is that people that she has met. She has befriended a lot of people in the organizations that she is involved with and says that she probably would not have met them otherwise. In addition to on campus involvement, Leah enjoys doing volunteer work throughout the community and she feels that having a variety of activities to give back to the university and the community is rewarding in itself.
If she could give any piece of advice to incoming students or students just looking to get involved she suggests doing some research and find an organization that fits your interest and skills. “College is only what you make of it and there are so many different clubs/organizations out there that you are bound to find at least one that suits you” Leah says. She likes being involved because if she wasn’t, she feels that her life would be so boring and all she would worry about is school. The organizations that she is involved are going to help her prepare for the world just as much as school does, she says. Being involved has helped her learn how to harness her strengths, improve her weaknesses, make connections for the future, and build her resume.