Volunteer and Internship Fair at NDNU by Brooke Becton

Notre Dame de Namur’s Career Services Center provides career counseling, for-credit classes, information resources and tools, and on-campus events aimed at fostering the career development of students and alumni, according to their website. The center also hosts a bi-annual volunteer and internship fair in which local companies come out to recruit students right on the NDNU campus.

This semester’s volunteer and internship fair was held on Tuesday, October 18th in the Saint Joseph’s hall lounge. Two NDNU alumni also had booths to offer current NDNU students an internship at Enterprise Rent-A-Car or Pathways to Wellness, respectively. In addition to those two, other organizations who had booths included: Palo Alto Medical, Farmers Insurance, and the Marine Science institute. There were 32 total organizations in attendance at the fair.

Cedric Hurskin, NDNU alum and Chief Business Officer at Pathways to Wellness said, “it is important to me that I give back to the school who got me to where I am today.” He would like to see other students achieve the same success as him. “I walk onto this campus, and I see myself here almost 30 years ago and I envision my children coming here for college one day.” Because of this vision, Hurskin wants to give students the potential to earn jobs right out of college by first getting an internship to gain experience.

Part of the Career Services Center’s mission statement is to, “develop and maintain relationships with organizations that offer meaningful community engagement and career opportunities to students and alumni.” Each semester, the same organizations come back but there are always new organizations added into the mix. Senior Susan Aguirre, had an internship at Enterprise-Rent-A-Car, and has said that because of the internship, she gained real world experience and knowledge as to what it is like to be a professional in the work force. When asked if she would recommend students to get an internship she responded, “I think that it is important no matter what your major is that you position yourself in such a light that employers want to hire you even after you complete your internship.”

Students are encouraged to stop by the career services center for help writing resumes, looking for both on campus and off campus jobs, or anything career oriented. Their office is located in JB Hall room 140 and is open Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. The office recommends that students make an appointment before they come in. Additionally, students can submit ideas of companies they would like to see at next semester’s fair.

Millenials Can Impact the Election by Jael Testa

Millennials can make a huge impact in the election this year and can swing the votes dramatically, if a large amount of college kids decide to vote. According to the Pew Research center, millennials continue to have the lowest voter turnout of any age group and during the last election young adults made up only nineteen percent of the electorate. However, this election is unique for millennials because it marks the first time essentially all the millennials in the country are old enough to vote.

Although the millennials can play a huge role in this election, the voting rules can make it difficult for them to vote. If a college student went to school out of state, yet still wants to vote in the election and have their vote count in their hometown instead of where they are going to school it is a long process. To vote, the student would have to request by mail an absentee ballot as well as filling out certain paperwork by a deadline far advance of registration. “Amid midterms, papers and college distractions filling out the paperwork ahead of deadlines can be hard and thought as not worth the hassle” said Sophomore Juliana Seide.

Jessica Delantone, A transfer student from Reno Nevada said, “I really want to vote but I want my vote to count for Nevada, a battleground state, which means much more than my vote in California, a reliably blue state. But I do not want to go through the hassle of figuring out how to do that so I probably won’t vote since my vote as a republican is not helpful in California as it would be in Nevada.”

Another reason voting is hard for college students is because of the strict voter ID laws that have been in place to protect voter fraud. Some college students that are going to school out of state could have a hard time voting because students IDs, out-of-state driver’s licenses and out-of-state ID cards are not accepted as forms of voter identification in many states, according to the U.S. Vote Foundation.

However, in California we do not have strict voter ID laws so out of state students are able to vote. Junior, Alex Campbell said, “I am excited to be able to vote here in California especially since I am from Minnesota. At first I thought I wouldn’t be able to vote but once I looked it up, I was glad to find out that I could.”

   NDNU has had many booths up to encourage students to register to vote. According to Professor Lujuan, “I would like to see NDNU come together to vote, so I have been working on getting a polling place here at NDNU. I was in charge of getting the booths set up and I counted over 100 hundred students who registered to vote.  I am excited to see how the millennials make a difference in this election.”