Student Life aims to improve student development and learning. It’s the objective of Student Life to offer co-curricular, community, educational, self-help, leadership, and extracurricular programs. Students may also join student clubs and committees, participate in extracurricular activities or enjoy organized social events with friends. The activities offered are a part of the school’s responsibility to the students. These activities may include sports; student debate or club; academic study; cultural studies; humanities; science; physical education, music, drama; computer studies or other; or any other activity that interests the student.
For students to have a good college experience, college leadership must create an environment where the student’s needs are being met and the student’s desires are being fulfilled. Creating an environment where the student has involvement and control over his or her learning is what is known as the social contract. The social contract is an agreement between students, college leadership and the community at large.
A student lives, learns and works on campus – that’s the social contract. The student’s experience in the classroom and on a campus helps shape who they will become and how they will interact with others in their future. College student leaders develop this social contract through student governments, student fraternities and sororities, student groups and organizations, and student conferences and events. A student leader develops their skills, and the student’s abilities to help them create a better society for all.
A student is an individual with their own thoughts, feelings, perspectives, experiences, interests, and dreams. It’s up to the student leaders to foster open dialogue on all issues that face the student body, while allowing for personal beliefs and personal expressions. In the end, students must choose to be responsible, learn from their mistakes, take ownership of their decisions and grow personally, socially and spiritually. They must be willing to try new things and ask questions, and be willing to do the work required of them in order to succeed.
Student leaders must also realize that while their actions have tremendous impact on student members and their environments, student leaders have a responsibility to remain positive in their environments. This means maintaining a good balance between student expression and maintaining a safe, clean and healthy environment for everyone. Positive student behavior reflects positively on the student leaders and causes them to be viewed in a positive light by other student members, faculty and staff, outside the school. When student members exhibit negative behavior they are seen as irresponsible, immature, over-confident, and generally undeserving of their space, attention and trust.
Student leaders must be aware of the potential for student criticism and how that can influence their personal and professional lives. All student leaders must understand the power that peer pressure and cultural expectations can have on a student’s self-image. A positive image leads to a better self-image and ultimately, to a healthier, more positive life. Student leaders must work hard to counteract these negative factors and encourage student members to work together to create a positive, healthy and successful student life.