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Wide variety of clubs and programs get students involved.
White Plains Students Benefit from Extracurricular Activities
Whether it’s reciting poetry or rapping at Open Mike Night, sorting food at a pantry, walking for charity, competing in a dominos tournament, or enjoying a trip to a museum in New York City, students attending Berkeley College in White Plains enjoy a wide variety of extracurricular opportunities.
Sherrille T. Shabazz, Berkeley College Assistant Dean of Student Development and Campus Life, White Plains, said that students reap many benefits from participating in activities outside the classroom.
“Students who get involved in organizing or participating in programs become more invested within the college community. They develop crucial interpersonal, social, and leadership skills, which can be included on their resumes,” said Ms. Shabazz.
Clubs open to students in White Plains include the Student Government Association, the Law and Justice Club, the Caribbean Student Association, the Fashion Club, and the Berkeley College Music and Entertainment Club. Berkeley College students also have the opportunity to engage in a variety of volunteer opportunities in the local community.
Berkeley students are welcomed at the YMCA and the Thomas H. Slater Center, where they help out with children’s programs. Other volunteer opportunities include participating in the annual Making Strides against Breast Cancer walk to benefit the American Cancer Society; helping with set-up and traffic control during the White Plains Juneteenth Parade and Festival; and assisting during the Food Bank of Westchester’s annual Agency Day, when 265 hunger relief member agencies come together.
“Community outreach and volunteer opportunities can be very rewarding for our students, while also providing them with amazing networking opportunities,” Ms. Shabazz said. “Students make wonderful connections in the community, and you never know where these can lead. For instance, one student who volunteered at the Thomas H. Slater Center was offered an internship and later a job with that organization.”