Did you know that 95% of IEC@DVC students transfer to college? Wow! Follow our suggestions on how to become involved in your college campus and you will have many ideas for ways to immerse* yourself in your new college life.
*immerse = involve deeply in a subject or theme
How to Become Involved in Your College Campus
Some of these suggestions are specific to Diablo Valley College (the school that many IEC@DVC graduates attend). However, most colleges and universities have programs that are similar to the ones listed below. Look online or ask your school counselor for more information.
Become an IEC Student Aide
If you go to Diablo Valley College after IEC, you can become a Student Aide.* Student Aides help IEC@DVC Bridge students with their classes at DVC. The Aides work closely with the DVC professors and the IEC@DVC Bridge students, give tutoring sessions to students, and help students understand the class materials. Being a Student Aide is an excellent way to work directly with DVC professors while helping IEC students!
*Ask the IEC@DVC staff about the requirements to be a Student Aide.
Become a Student Ambassador
A Student Ambassador is a representative of the college. The responsibilities are different at each school; at Diablo Valley College, ambassadors give campus tours, attend college fairs,* and give presentations to high school students. For more information, visit the Student Ambassador page on the DVC website. You can also meet the current Student Ambassadors here.
*college fairs = an event where representatives from many colleges give future students information.
Run for Office*
College campuses have active student government associations. At DVC, the student government is called the Associated Students of Diablo Valley College (ASDVC). The ASDVC is the voice for students on the campus. Members attend College and District meetings and explain the needs of the students regarding funding, safety, and more. The ASDVC is responsible for big changes on the DVC campus: longer library hours, the Multi-cultural center, and the Fall Festival are some of the accomplishments of this organization!
Are you interested in being in student government? ASDVC meetings are every Tuesday from 2-4 p.m. in the Student Union Conference room 204. The meetings are open to the public. Check out the ASDVC webpage for more information (and the requirements for ASDVC members).
*In English, we say “run for office” when someone is in an election.
Join a Student Club
College campuses have many student clubs. Some are for sports, like the Soccer Club or Tennis Club. Others are about cultures or languages, such as the Chinese Student Association, the Japanese Culture Club, or the Persian Club. Others are for hobbies; for example, the Chess Club or the Music Club. There is something for everyone!
Check out the student club association at your new school (at DVC, it is called the Inter-Club Council). Most schools have a day that the clubs are on campus: this gives you a chance to meet club members and decide if the club is right for you.
For more information, read our article about Diablo Valley College Student Clubs.
Do you have some suggestions for ways to become involved in your new campus? Tell us in the comments!