How Student Organizations Can Create New Connections

Auburn University at Montgomery
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By Shorelight Team
Last updated on August 3, 2023

Jordanian study abroad student Lama on getting involved and finding your community on campus.

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Studying to be a nurse is a lot of work. Labs, clinical hours, studying, group projects—the coursework can be all consuming. But Jordanian study abroad student Lama made it a point to find time to make friendships and connect with fellow students at Auburn University at Montgomery (AUM). 

Lama says learning about diverse backgrounds, cultures, and creating long-lasting relationships make studying at AUM an immersive experience. And the best way to do it? She suggests getting involved with student clubs and organizations on campus.

Creating Meaningful Connections

“It’s important for students to overcome any apprehension they may feel about interacting with individuals of other cultures, backgrounds, and faiths,” said Lama. “Being involved with clubs and organizations introduced me to so many new people and ways of life.”

With more than 45 nationalities currently represented on the AUM campus, fostering diversity and inclusion are core values at AUM. 

Lama’s involvement with the Muslim Students Association, the International Student Association, the Indian Student Organization, and the Association of Latin American Students earned her AUM’s 2019 Student Diversity and Inclusion Award—an honor she will add to her resume to show future employers her skills in working with people from different backgrounds.

Though you may find it to be a small campus, it has people with the biggest minds and hearts who will be great to have in your life.” – Lama, Nursing 2022, AUM

Taking Chances, Taking the Lead

AUM’s Global Education Center gives students like Lama the opportunity to develop an appreciation and understanding of different people by bringing together diverse cultural activities and student organizations. 

“Taking these chances could lead to lots of great outcomes, like a lifetime of friendship and bonds,” she said. “Make sure you are open to communication with anyone and everyone. It is key, and you will find comfort through it in many ways.”

Getting involved in campus organizations has created the kind of educational experience for Lama that goes beyond a degree. She is creating relationships and learning about the world at large, right in Montgomery, Alabama.

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