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“How Do I Get Involved with Campus Activities When I’m Taking Classes Online?”

A bust of President Abraham Lincoln leads the way with mask safety at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Nearly all students at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign campus eventually attend a class in Lincoln Hall, a century old landmark building prominently located on the main Quad. Few buildings on the Illinois campus are more historic than Lincoln Hall, which has been the home of the Department of Communication since 1971.

Our standard advice for career planning starts with “Do stuff!” We routinely urge students to get involved on campus through RSOs, volunteering, and collaborative projects, as well as internships and part-time jobs. “Don’t worry too much about connecting the dots to your career path!” we tell students. The goal is to start gathering insight into where your skills lie, what excites you, what you can contribute to an organization. As you gather data points, you can start to think about the career path they might be directing you to — but the key thing is to first start getting that experience.

The advice still holds, despite the pandemic.

Here are some places to start — campus organizations and programs that are currently recruiting for participants.

Illinois Business Consulting (deadline for applying August 28, and no, you don’t have to be a Gies major).

Daily Illini (no, you don’t have to be a journalism major)

ATLAS Internships (rolling application process, and no, you don’t need any tech expertise — as of the date of this post, they have a number of openings involving social media and communication and relatively few applicants for those roles)

SourceLab: learn more at the upcoming SourceLab Info Session, Aug 26, 2020 04:30 PM. Zoom at
https://illinois.zoom.us/j/97936957492?pwd=ODBhTnZQRmp4dTZqbjIzelhZZ1ptUT09 Meeting ID: 979 3695 7492
Password: 827624. (no, you don’t have to be a history major)

Smile Politely: not really a campus organization (though it was founded by a former English department major!), but a local online magazine that can always use contributors. Check it out, and contact them if you have ideas about locally based things to write.

Look around: that lack of connection you’re feeling? That bewilderment about what college is supposed to *be* when all your classes are online, everyone is wearing a mask, and every college tradition is a potential superspreader event? Everyone is feeling it. If your club or organization is making something happen and you’d like to get other students involved, we can help. Email us at humanitiesprc@illinois.edu.