On Tuesday, October 23 from 4-5PM in the Dakin Living Room, Ivana Staiti, assistant director of community partnerships for social change and community engagement, set out to answer this question for an audience of new students. Have you started your CEL-1 yet? Still have questions? Read on for some great information about how to get going.
After a brief discussion of the philosophy behind this graduation requirement, Ivana walked the group through the CEL-1 website and the process for signing up for activities. Attendees had the opportunity to ask questions about specific offerings and suggest some additional projects. Each attendee also received a helpful handout that broke down the steps for CEL-1 registration and sponsorship. Did you see the CEL-What? bulletin boards in Dakin and Merrill Houses? Check them out if you haven’t already — they’re chock full of information about FAQs, what counts, and other great tips. Most of this information is also available on the CEL-1 website.
What We Learned:
- There are lots of different ways to complete the requirement, and there’s no need to choose just one activity to satisfy all 40 hours. By engaging in a multitude of activities, you’ll gain experience in different areas of campus life, meet more people, and have more opportunities to connect the CEL-1 to your academic interests.
- New activities are posted almost every day, and each has a different timeline. Check back regularly to learn more about short and long term opportunities. Some last only a day, while others span entire semesters. You never know what you’ll find.
- Participation in student groups, OPRA, EPEC, and Lemelson co-curricular courses counts towards this requirement, so you may have already started without even knowing it. Talk to your advisor and take a look at the website for more information on how to register the things that you’ve already started, and to ensure that these hours count towards your completion.
- Although there are countless posted activities, it is possible to create your own. Staff, faculty, Division II, and Division III students can sponsor activities. If there’s something you’d really like to work on, talk to your advisor about how your idea will fit into the requirement and how to find someone to sponsor your work.
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It’s your first year of college. You’re going to class. You’re getting involved. You may even have started planning for next semester. You know what you need to do to complete Division I, but are you making the most of your Div I experience?
On Monday, October 15, the office of new student programs invited Division I students to explore this question with a panel of Division II students from 4-5PM in the Merrill Living Room. Couldn’t make it? Read on for details about what you missed!
Three current students, all of whom are in their second or third year at Hampshire, shared stories of their Division I experiences with program attendees. Each brought a different perspective on their successes and struggles during their first year at Hampshire, and attendees had the opportunity to ask questions about how each student navigated their unique Division I experience. From stories of discovering interests in the least likely of academic fields, to the importance of asking for help, to understanding campus life resources, Division I students received plenty of insight on how to make the most of their first year at Hampshire.
Advice from the Panel:
- Whatever you do, make sure to communicate with your faculty. Keep professors and teaching assistants in the loop, and make an effort to get to know them. By building relationships with professors from the very beginning, it will be easier for you to communicate your needs and academic plans to them later on. They want to hear from you! Need help? Check out our post on how to approach faculty.
- If you haven’t already, start saving all of your work. You’ll need it when it’s time to create your Division I portfolio, so make a habit of keeping things all in one place until it’s time to get started on the Division I passing process.
- Be mindful of the four cumulative skills that accompany the Division I distribution requirements. You’ll need to demonstrate proficiency in each of these areas, so be thinking about them as you move through Division I.
- Don’t wait until the last minute to start the CEL-1 requirement. Make sure to give it the time that it deserves — you’ll have a more meaningful and less stressful experience overall (and you’ll be more likely to pass Division I at the end of your first year)!
- Find things you love to do outside of class (student groups, activities, programs, etc.). They can influence and enhance your academics and also keep you centered when things get difficult.
- Keep an open mind. Division I offers an unique opportunity for you to explore different areas of study, meet faculty, and figure out what you really like. The thing you don’t think you’re interested in now might become the basis for your Division II or Division III work. Anything can happen!
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Don’t be afraid to ask for help! There are tons of resources at your disposal, so don’t hesitate to take advantage of as many of them as possible.
- Need help with your writing? Contact the Writing Center to learn more about how they can help you improve.
- Looking for research help? Visit the Johnson Library, and stop by the Infobar near the Circulation Desk for information on resources, special programs, and to ask questions.
- Have questions about the academic program? Visit the Center for Academic Support and Advising (CASA) in the Lemelson Building, or stop by the Peer Academic Resource Center (PARC), located at the Infobar by the circulation desk in the library.
- Looking to get involved on campus? Stop by the campus leadership and activities office (CLA), or browse the list of student groups. Subscribe to campus mailing lists to keep yourself informed about what’s happening on campus.
- Have you started your CEL-1 yet? Learn more about the CEL-1 on their website, read the FAQ, and browse open opportunities. Still have questions? Send an e-mail to email@example.com, or come to CEL-What? on Tuesday, October 23 at 4PM in the Dakin Living Room. You bring questions, we’ll bring snacks!
That’s all for now! Have questions, comments, or concerns? E-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.