By Cooper Vittetoe ’21
When someone tells you about college, you’ll hear about a lot. From study abroad experiences, late-night fun in residence halls and great memories made, one thing will remain consistent: These memories and experiences were made possible by being involved. By the end of your time at Central College, you’ll understand why it means so much to get involved in at least one of more than 100 opportunities available to you at Central.
From the minute you walk on to campus, you will hear about opportunities for involvement. These opportunities are literally everywhere! Clubs on campus have everything from sports to music and everything in between. There also are work study positions in nearly every campus office. Beyond work study and clubs, there are many more opportunities to dive into activities. You can get involved with Central’s athletics teams, both intramural and Division III, music ensembles ranging from singing to instrumental and major-specific involvement like research.
All are great ways to meet new people and have lots of fun in college, but they also will serve you well beyond college. Each offering offers a learning opportunity focused around things like work ethic, dedication and a willingness to try new things! In addition, your openness to try new things and explore new opportunities help you discover what you want to do with your life! Maybe you want to be a physical therapist because of a volunteer position at a local nursing home or you want to investigate politics because you met an alum who works in the political field. Opportunities like these present themselves all the time when you embrace the Central experience by immersing yourself in activities.
Many of the students you will meet during college will have varying degrees of involvement, but one thing will be certain by the end of your first year: It’s hard to not get involved one way or another! So, take a chance and pick an activity to enjoy or challenge you. You may find that what you choose to spend your time on at Central will impact you for a lifetime.
About the Author
Hi! My name is Cooper Vittetoe ’21. I was a communication studies major at Central College. I am originally from Waukee, Iowa, and I’m now a graduate student at the University of Northern Iowa pursuing my masters degree in postsecondary education: student affairs.
During my time at Central, I was a part of the A Cappella Choir, Chamber Singers and held multiple work-study jobs all over campus. I truly loved my time at Central, and I hope you’ll make your best decision ever by coming to Central. Go Dutch!