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Student Leadership Opportunities

"Imagine if….” Brent was animated, his arms were waiving and smile exploding as he described his idea to the rest of the group.

Kim sat in my office sharing about her semester - her struggles with mental health, her declining schoolwork, and the shame she felt. Underneath the shame, she wanted to imagine that life could be different, that she could be loved in spite of sub-par schoolwork, a deteriorating friendship, and a reserved personality.

“Imagine with me for a moment…”, I said to a group of first year students. “Imagine if…the next four years of college were the years that shaped you into the person you would become. Who would you want to become? What if you were able to develop the best friendships you had yet? Imagine if…you didn’t just go through the motions of schoolwork, but had a sense of meaning and purpose for why you were studying and the way you could contribute to the world through your field of study. And, what if each day you moved toward that purpose and who you want to become in some small way?

Imagine. Imagine. Imagine. We are built to imagine. We are all imagining toward something; yet the question is, “In what direction are we imagining”? Turn on the news and we can easily imagine the bad things that are going to happen to us, the fear, loneliness, destruction, and despair. The direction of our imagination is often where we spend our energy. It can be in worrying, protecting, hiding, or it can be in creating, loving, and living in the security of God’s love and care.

Imagine if…our local communities, our faith communities, and our family communities were places where we laughed a lot. Where the masks of “I’m fine” and “everything is good” could fall off. Where people were seen and known. Imagine if our interactions with the others consistently pointed us toward encountering the God who is ridiculously passionate about us and the whole world, and who has invited us to participate in His redemptive plan.

At Geneva, we are in the midst of hiring next year’s student leaders, a group of students who are already imagining ways they want to impact campus, and how they will put that imagination into action. Staff walk closely beside student leaders to help them develop skills, discover gifting, and work in teams that impact campus. Students gain critical skills they use now and will need in their future workplaces. Student leadership experience is a strong resume builder and a valuable way to grow.

Here’s a few of the leadership positions students can apply for:

  • Mentor of First Year Students – Welcome new students to campus and companions a small group of students to aid in transition throughout new student’s first semester on campus.
  • Campus Fellowship & Worship Leadership Team – plans and helps to lead a campus fellowship group aimed at helping students grow in their faith and connect with the living Jesus.
  • Residence Hall Assistant (RA) – build healthy community and accountability in a residence hall.
  • Community Engagement Ambassadors – gains valuable experience by connecting connect students with opportunities and organizations in our local community.
  • Student Activities Board – Works with a team to organize and host campus wide activities that celebrate students talent and offer opportunities for connection. Some activities include trivia nights, Film Fest (Geneva’s own version of the Oscars), mystery dinners, e-gaming competitions, My Generation Night – a campus concert talent show, Christmas festivities, and much, much, more.
  • Intramural leader or referee – help facilitate recreational competition in a variety of sports
  • Adventure Facilitator – plans and leads meaningful and rejuvenating outdoor experiences for students including paddling, rock-climbing, backpacking, and cycling and more.
  • Student Government – Listens to fellow-peers and provides valuable student voice and representation.
  • Ambassadors for Global Education - Assists in educating peers about global and local issues affecting our campus, community, & the world.
  • Welcome Weekend Hospitality & Design Team – a group of students who plans and implements activities for incoming students.

I’m honored to joining next year’s group of passionate imaginative student leaders, and I’m praying they know our creative, imaginative God more deeply as they live in service of Christ and neighbor.



-Becky Case, Director of the Center for Student Engagement