The end of the academic year is upon us, but that doesn’t mean campus programming and engagement has to come to a halt. NFTY Alum Alex McKeen, Ithaca College class of 2017, shares some ideas you can bring to your campus.
The end of the academic year is upon us, but that doesn’t mean campus programming and engagement has to come to a halt. Alex McKeen, NFTY Alum and Engagement Intern at Ithaca College Hillel, shares some ideas you can bring to your campus.
1. Instead of having a regular Shabbat observance at the temple or Hillel, find someone with an apartment on campus and have a group Shabbat. Invite people who don’t normally attend Shabbat in traditional locations on campus. Having a non-dining hall meal and friends on a Friday night is a great way to stay connected to your Judaism in college.
2. Finals coming up? Why not try mediation or yoga? Everyone gets stressed out as it gets closer to the end of the year, whether you’re graduating or not. Having some time to relax or meditate can really calm you down and keep you centered when it seems like everything is getting out of control. Even breaking out the old crayons and coloring books can still be a relaxing way to de-stress.
3. One word: collaboration. If you’re a part of your college’s Hillel, collaborating with local clubs on campus can really help connect to those Jews on campus that aren’t as connected to their Judaism. If you’re not a part of your college’s Hillel, there’s no better time to get involved. Start by hosting or participating in a joint event with another campus group you’re involved in. The more connections you make, the more fun you can have!be Knowing your Hillel professionals and Jewish peers can be incredibly powerful in building relationships and networking both on campus and after graduation.
What are your best tips for getting involved Jewishly on campus?