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Just a few exciting happenings of mid-spring…

The most obvious topic to talk about first of all is the incredibly exciting weather… somehow there seemed to be a sudden jump between winter and spring… One day it was snowing and then the next day is was 70 and has been almost 80 half the time since then… Literally! That was exciting. I also experienced a very thrilling torrential downpour – I got soaked in about 20 seconds of running to class (how great is being on a small campus, where I can get to class in 20 seconds?). Variety is certainly fun, but I have really been enjoying the recent 70 and 80 degree days. It brings out so many people onto the quad to play Frisbee, do homework, sun bathe, or even take a nap.

Probably the most exciting topic of recent excitement, however, has to do more with what I have been doing with the school. First of all, those who applied for leadership positions for the following year are finding out if they got what they applied for. I personally am hoping to work for the Writing Center, but other great positions including being a Resident Assistant, Peer Leader, Career Associate, and Student Chaplain. There are also some cool positions specifically for rising seniors such as the Admission Intern and the Peer Advisor for the Center for International Programs. Upcoming sophomores, including myself, also often have the opportunity to become leaders of the clubs they have been involved in as a First-Year since Juniors usually study abroad. Essentially, I foresee myself having plenty going on, which I’m very excited about!

One great thing about this school is that it is extremely easy to become involved. As with any school, the more effort a student puts in, the more he or she can get out of it, but I would certainly say that this school provides students with a lot of great resources to make the most out of their passions. On that same topic, the Center for Career and Professional Development is an incredible resource for students that I have been very grateful to have at my disposal. The CCPD has so far helped me review my résumé and cover letters for summer internships, prepare for phone and face-to-face interviews, and set-up summer plans. I now am set up (I just have to figure out transportation) for a summer Externship, which is an internship program unique to Kalamazoo College in which K alumni host students for a few weeks to give them a more in-depth view of life and work in a certain field. I personally think this is genius. Another way in which the CCPD has helped me think about future careers is through the events it hosts. I recently signed up and attended a lunch, a “Passions to Professions” event in which a former K student (David Abramowitz ’81 VP, Policy and Government Relations, Humanity United) spoke to current students interested in law and public service about his career and how he used his time at Kalamazoo College to become successful later in life. I also attended an event earlier this spring where students were able to talk to job recruiters and find out about opportunities beyond K – I attended talks with representatives from the Peace Corps and the Foreign Service, for example.  It’s sometimes tempting for me to just sit around, hang out with friends, and do homework, but every time I put a little bit of effort into switching life up a little bit and making use of my resources, I never come close to regretting it – there are just too many great things to be involved with!

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About Alexandra Smith ʼ16

Alexandra is a Junior from Corvallis, Oregon who is currently studying abroad in Clermont-Ferrand, France. She is a double major in French and International Studies with a minor in Economics. Sophomore year, Alexandra led a program for the Center for Civic Engagement at K and was a Co-President of the club Zookeepers. She loves dancing, painting, writing, eating, and travelling.