Volunteering is a wonderful thing. Whether you’re participating in a society, a club, helping out with a fundraiser, or the numerous other ways that you can give back to your community, you are sure to gain valuable experience. Walking through the Get Involved fair was an interesting experience for me. As someone who takes delight in volunteering myself, I was quite excited to see so many students checking out the booths and talking with the many people involved in the various organizations represented at the fair.

Let’s face it: Memorial would be nowhere near the university it is today without the hundreds, if not thousands, of volunteers that operate on and around its campus. Think about it: primarily volunteers run orientation, as are many of the events, mixers, and activities. Memorial University would be just that—only a university if it wasn’t for the clubs, societies, and organizations that affiliate itself with the school. Some people choose to simply go to class, study, then go home at the end of the day, but one’s time at MUN has so much more potential. There are so many people to meet, so many things to do, and so much one can do to give back to the community.

Without the countless people who encourage others to get involved themselves—like those who helped to organize the very fair I am writing about—there would be no one to pass the torch to when the current leaders graduate. This is why the Get Involved fair is so important, it might just introduce the next society organizer or coordinator to the very organization they will someday help to lead.

Volunteering can also pass on valuable experience that can be used in the workplace. Empathy, punctuality, and leadership skills are all highly valued in many jobs. Volunteering is also a great way to network with other people who hold many of the same thoughts and opinions as you. Often, organizations that are open to volunteers hire students during the summer in paid positions, so volunteering can often expand your job portfolio as well. If an employer sees how committed you are to their organization without being paid, it often reflects well on your capabilities within a paid position.

I don’t think I’m exaggerating when I say that volunteering is one of the best things that you can do during your time at Memorial. Volunteering gives so much experience and amplifies your resume, not to mention helps you to give back to the university you attend and the community you live in. If the Get Involved fair convinces even one student to participate in some aspect within their school community, I believe that makes the event a compete success.