We believe students learn a great deal through leadership training and involvement in campus and community activities. Therefore, in order to maintain the PLUS scholarship, the student must participate in leadership training, obtain leadership experience through community service, be involved in a campus organization, and participate in campus events during the fall and spring semesters.
The focus of the First Year is to assist the entering freshmen PLUS students with the transition from secondary education to higher education. The first semester of the freshman year all participants will enroll in Introduction to University Life. The course will cover such topics as:
- Goal Setting
- Time Management
- Stress Relief/Anxiety Management
- Career Exploration
- Leadership Skills
During the spring semester, First Year scholars will enroll in Foundations of Leadership, a two-hour Honors course that details the theories of leadership.
The focus of the Second Year is to further look at leadership styles and theories. Students will study ethics in leadership, group dynamics, problem solving and decision making. Second Year scholars will learn about different ways to help our communities, such as writing for grants to help fund service projects. It is our goal that a student will have a thorough understanding of various aspects of leadership.
During their Third Year, students will learn more about career development and life after university. Discussions may cover such topics as:
- Resume writing and cover letters
- Interview and networking skills
- Job Shadowing
- Graduate School
- Career Fairs
Third Year scholars will experience how their academic majors can be applied to experiential learning opportunities as they continue to develop their leadership skills.
During their final year in PLUS, students will focus more on leadership in action. They will reflect upon and apply the leadership knowledge and skills gained during their time in the PLUS program. They will visit with leaders who will share insight and advice as our Fourth Year class prepares to graduate.
Community Service and Campus Involvement
There are many opportunities for PLUS scholars to volunteer their services in the community. Some examples include helping with Habitat for Humanity, tutoring or mentoring children, or volunteering with the Red Cross or United Way.
There are also many ways for students to get involved on campus and gain leadership experience. From the Student Government Association to the Diversity Diplomats, there is something for everyone! Students are encouraged to join campus clubs and organizations that interest them. See Student Activities for a list of clubs and organizations at Cameron.