There have been many occasions that those of us who work in Student Life have been asked to explain our job to students, faculty, and staff. “What exactly do you do, anyway?!”
People typically associate us with giving away free products on campus or serving foods at events. Yes, we plan fun events and host guest speakers, but what many don’t see is how much time we invest behind-the-scenes in developing students and how that effort has created student leaders who are serving and impacting our CPCC community.
Every year we host a student leadership conference focused on bringing current student leaders together with students who have an interest in getting involved on campus. As a staff, we look forward to this event because it embodies what we do in Student Life, and fills us with a sense of accomplishment as we witness first hand students growing, discovering their worth, and reaching their potential. The following is an e-mail we received from a participant this year and is a reminder that one experience or one person can make a difference.
Dear Student Life,
I wanted to thank you for presenting me with the opportunity to attend this year’s Student Leadership Conference. It was an amazing privilege and honor to be one of the few students representing the Harper Campus. The conference more than exceeded my expectations and I had a great time during the few days I was there. Never having been to the mountains, and being relatively new to Charlotte, it was a great place to meet new people that shared some of the same ideals as myself.
The conference as a whole was an amazing, yet humbling experience; I can definitely say it change my outlook on life. I was never one to, “Judge a book by its cover” but nonetheless, ignoring the preconceived notions our [American] society presents is often a task in itself.
I went into the conference hoping to gain a better understanding of being a good follower because being a leader has come natural to me over the past few years. At first, it wasn’t easy suppressing the urges to take the lead in our group activities, but after I was able to become a better listener and humble myself, I was able to assume the best role in different scenarios; which helped my input be as useful as possible.
I am striving to use the skills I learned at the conference in my everyday life and especially during my time here at CPCC. If the opportunity presented itself again, I would be more than happy to attend another leadership conference in the future.
It is e-mails like this that remind us all at CPCC exactly why we do what we do. Although we may not always see the results of our hard work, it is promising to know that we are planting seeds.
What has Student Life done for you?