Being involved in Student Life and Leadership (SLL) provides students with opportunities for jobs, networking and getting their tuition paid for.
Learning communication skills, teamwork and problem solving are part of its curriculum.
“The perks of being in SLL are the friends that you make while being involved, the leadership skills that you learn through the tasks that are taken within the organization, and overall, just making college something to look forward to everyday,” says Laurel Lopez, Vice President for the Taylorsville Activities Board.
There are many positions available in SLL including board members, chair members and executive council.
The president and vice president each preside over a board. Their roles are to guide those boards and help them achieve success.
Within these positions, members have to put at least the minimum number of hours each week towards their position.
A board member has to have at least five hours, chair members 10 hours and executive council members 25 hours a week.
According to Lopez, being involved has helped her discover skills and revealed her passion for event planning.
“Being part of this organization set me up as far as networking and leadership experience,” says Lopez. “It will help me towards my career, knowing those who are involved the most are looked at first when applying for a job position.”
Jessica Fowler is this school year’s SLL President. She suggests for everyone to apply because it is a great opportunity for the future.
“SLL provides the opportunity to grow as a person. It is a chance to learn new skills that you can apply for future education and your career,” says Fowler.
Her plans for this year are to collaborate with the Clubs and Organizations, Taylorsville Activities Board, and the Regional Boards to create more diverse activities.
According to Fowler, these activities enhance the college experience for students.
Dean of Students, Dr. Marlin Clark has been trying to get more students involved in the organization.
“Not a lot of students know about SLL. We want to make ourselves known,” says Clark.
To become a part of SLL students must register online on OrgSync.com and fill out an application form.
Qualified students are called for an interview, followed by a deliberation from the judges. Students who are selected will get a phone call that will deliver the news.
SLL newcomers attend a summer camp with other college and universities that train them to be good leaders and give them tips to help make the school a better environment.
“I would suggest that they would get involved as soon as possible. It’s never too late” says Lopez. “Even if all the positions are filled up, we are always looking for volunteers.”