Center for Leadership, Activities, and Career Services (CLACS)

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By Michele Albright, CLACS Coordinator of Career & Volunteer Centers

You’re heading to college and everyone says, “It’s a place to re-invent yourself.  It’s a fresh start.” But you see hundreds of unfamiliar faces and ask yourself how to make new friends. It’s a little overwhelming and different than using an online social APP where to swipe right or left. Not to mention, life is more fun when you have others to enjoy it with.

So let’s put this another way.  Consider everyone a potential friend.  All you need to do is seek out which ones that you want to connect with. True friendships may seem organic; something that just happens and that can’t be forced.  However, there are ways that you can seek out and cultivate friendships. C.S. Lewis wrote, “Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another, ‘What! You too? I thought I was the only one.”

I bet that if you consider the question, “Where did I find my friends?” Your answer is likely to fit into one of these categories: school, neighborhood, or work.  The places where you spend most of your time. Ferris State University hosts several campus events that are great for meeting people and having automatic talking points.  Here are just a few: Bulldog Beginnings, Homecoming Week, and Music Takes Action; Athletic, Service Projects, and Community Events; guest speakers, and celebrations.  Visit the CLACS office in University Center Suite 121.  They are happy to help you find something fun to get involved with.

CLACS can also help you connect with a student organization.  Whether you are interested in joining the Fit Dawgs, Vibrato Vibes, the Ukulele Club, a gaming group, or a faith-based organization; Ferris State University has over 220 different student organizations for you to pick from.  There are also 20+ Greek Life organizations.  Belonging to a student organization not only helps you make friends, but is also a great way to develop leadership skills and build your resume.

Other great places include on-campus jobs, classes, your residence hall or apartment complex, informal hangouts, or just being in common areas of campus.  On-campus Jobs are great because your schedule is more flexible and your supervisor may become your mentor. You will be in class 11-14% of your waking hours so why not get to know your classmates? Residence halls and apartment buildings provide the convenience of proximity and are a fun place to engage in a Nerf battle at 2:00am….just saying. You can also meet some pretty cool people by just hanging around on campus.  At Ferris, some places students gather include the Student Rec Center, Racquet Facility, University Center, IRC, or one of the many dining facilities or lounges.  The CLACS office, the Student Recreation Center, the Veteran Resource Center, the LGBTQ+ Center, the Office of Multicultural Student Services, the Center for Latino Studies, the Office of International Student Education, and many other campus departments provide lounges to meet, relax, or participate in a craft or activity.

Don’t be afraid to strike up a conversation. Ask someone to grab a Starbucks or hangout. Do homework with a classmate, or take an interest in learning new things.  “You can make more friends in two months by becoming interested in other people than you can in two years by trying to get other people to take an interest in you” – Dale Carnegie. 

Friendships will shift as you head to college.  You will make new friends along the way and fall out of touch with others.  The best advice I received was to surround yourself with others who inspire you, make you laugh, and support you during your challenges.  My college friends helped me to discover who I wanted to be, land several great opportunities, and have stuck by me for years. “If you go out to be a friend, you’ll find them everywhere.” – Zig Ziglar

What You Need to Know About Internships

By: Caitlin Dorton, Pre-Nursing

Ferris students… your professor just stated that it is time for you to find an internship for this coming summer, but you don’t know where to begin. The Center for Leadership, Activities and Career Services can help you discover great opportunities! First, you need to consider these two questions: what are the goals of your internship and why is it so important. These two questions will help you to obtain a rewarding internship experience.

What is an internship?

An internship is an official program that is offered by an employer, full time or part time, in which a student can gain hands on experience in the workplace related to their area of study. Your internship goals may be to explore the work setting or to practice specific aspects of your future career.  Employers host internships for students because it provides them the opportunity to train potential hires while also helping manage their workflow. Internships may be paid or unpaid based on the industry and the intern’s role. The CLACS Career Center can help you evaluate your options.

Why are internships important?

Internships give you a chance to network and build relationships with professionals. It is an opportunity to gain hands-on experience and develop important skills such as managing time and expectations, while building a foundation for your future. An internship will either affirm your career path or inspire you to consider other options. If you are lucky, your internship may even lead to full time employment upon graduation. Many academic programs require completion of at least one internship.  Some even require two.

How to locate internships at Ferris State University?

There are services available to all Ferris State University students and alumni through the CLACS Career Center.  First, you will sign in to your MyFSU and look for the HANDSHAKE icon on the top dashboard. HANDSHAKE connects thousands of employment opportunities with Ferris students and alumni!  HANDSHAKE has a resource section to help you prepare your resume and cover letter and gather tips for your interviews. It also provides a way for you to schedule an appointment with a Career Services professional or use the online video interview practice program BIG INTERVIEW.

For more assistance with locating and obtaining an internship:

Center for Leadership, Activities and Career Services (CLACS)

805 Campus Drive UCB 121
(231) 591-2685
CLACS@Ferris.edu