(Editor's note: The following was provided to Patch by James Madison University.)
At James Madison University, students fulfill the "Be the Change" motto through involvement and leadership every single day. With over 350 active organizations at JMU, it can be overwhelming for new students to find their niche. That is why Student Activities and Involvement created Make Your Mark on Madison.
Hunter Kaye, a freshman undeclared major from Falls Church, was one of the students selected to participate in the elite semester-long leadership program offered in the fall that is tailored to help freshmen and sophomores tap into their interests and seek avenues of leadership.
Coined as a "springboard into authentic involvement at JMU," MYMOM provides student applicants with insight into values, diversity and effective communication necessary for positive involvement and close interaction with upperclassmen. MYMOM meets Mondays from 7- to 9 p.m. The 120 students who are chosen to participate are divided into small groups led by a trained upperclass "counselor." During the first hour a guest speaker presents on the topic of the week and incorporates interactive activities. The second hour is devoted to their small group where the counselors facilitate group discussion and answer questions.
The goal of the program to help students connect with people and activities on campus that assist them in developing and finding their ideal involvement during their time in college in order to "Make Your Mark" at JMU.
To learn more about the program: http://info.jmu.edu/studentactivities/make-your-mark/
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