When you were going through and beginning your college search you had to make many difficult decisions. What did you hope to get out of your college experience? Why attend a small liberal arts college over a large university? Now that you have moved into your room and classes are beginning, you are faced with more choices and many opportunities. As you try to uncover how to get the most out of your time while you are here, and those things that are meaningful for you, the best way to accomplish these things is to get involved! It is the people around you and the memories you will create that can make your time studying here a success, and will follow you for years after graduation.
Getting involved is a great way to get to know more about your school, and learn things that are never covered in class discussions. This page is designed to provide you with a starting point to uncover some of the opportunities that are available outside of the classroom and in the surrounding community.
How can I get involved on campus? Here are some things to consider…
- Check out the schedule of upcoming events and see what is happening this week.
- Go visit the Student Engagement and Campus Activities, or SECA as it is sometimes called, and sign up for a club or an organization. SECA is the place that organizes, at least in part, the Juniata Activities Board, Student Government, and programs and events like Lobsterfest, Madrigal, Mountain Day, Eagles After Dark, and countless other programs every week.
- Get involved in an athletic team, whether you participate on a varsity program or play on an intramural team with your roommate. Or just get together with some friends from down the hall and support our Juniata teams as they compete against other schools in the Landmark Conference.
- Go downstairs in Ellis Hall and stop in the Community Service Office to learn about different opportunities available to get involved in the local community and give something back to the place that you will come to call home for the next few years.
- Become involved in the Arts. Act in a play, create a work of art, sing with the choir, or maybe perform a recital to a live audience. But you certainly don’t have to perform to get involved. Meet up with some friends and go see an exhibit or performance.
- Explore your spiritual life. There is a great respect within the Juniata community for the exploration of diverse ideas and for students to express their faith through the pursuit of opportunities that help them to grow spiritually. Visit the Office of Campus Ministry and Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion to learn about upcoming activities or get involved in one of the spiritual or religions organizations.
- Don’t forget to explore those traditions that come up throughout the year that make Juniata College a pretty unique place to study.
What about spending time away from campus?
- Perhaps the best way to learn about the town of Huntingdon and the area around campus is to check out some recommendations from former and current students. This is a helpful guide that one student wrote to help you find your way around and explore the surrounding area. In addition, don't forget to check out these other things to do off-campus and in the surrounding area!
Where can I go for help? When you arrive to campus it is important to know that you are not expected to have all the answers. That is why you are here. There is a lot of support available on campus, and it is valuable to understand where you can go to access some of these helpful resources. The most successful piece of advice that new students say they were given as they began their time studying at Juniata is to not be hesitant to ask for help and guidance. We encourage you to ask questions. Hopefully, here we can address some of the initial questions you may have and point you in the right direction to where you can always look for support, not just throughout your first year.
Here are some places around campus where you can get some academic help…
- QUEST – Question, Understand, Explore, Seek, Transform. During your four years at Juniata the QUEST office will be able to offer a variety of resources including but not limited to: Career Development, Academic Coaching, Peer Tutoring, Inbound and so much more! Stop by the suite on the second floor of Founders Hall!
- The Office of The Registrar – The place for getting accurate academic information and academic policies, as well as for scheduling and academic records
- The Writing Center – A place to get support from other students for any writing assignment that you may have due for a class
- The Library – Take a stop in here for materials or to begin your research
- Campus Technology Services – Having trouble with your computer or accessing the campus network? Ask the CTS staff in real time or check the TSC's online knowledge base!
- Print Publications – Our very own print shop, right on campus
What if you are looking for some help outside of class?
- The Dean of Students Office – A great place to look for support regarding all aspects
of student life
- Office of Residential Life and Public Safety – Everything that you need to know about getting settled at Juniata and public safety
- Health Services– Provides many preventative and intervention services to promote the optimal health and wellness of our whole community
- Glaeser Center for Counseling Services – A confidential place to receive 10 free counseling sessions on any issues
- Unity House – Here you can find the Campus Ministry Office and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion
- Financial Planning – Interested in working on campus or have a question about financial aid?