Being involved on campus can be what makes the difference and further enhances your college experience. To get an idea of how becoming a student leader has transformed her own college experience, we spoke with Rayne Ebersold, class of 2025. Check out our Q&A below!
How did you become involved on campus?
I became involved on campus by attending events hosted by organizations throughout the year. Going to events like Welcome Week made me put myself out there, and I was able to learn about each organization’s mission at the same time.
What are you involved in on campus?
On campus, I am a Resident Assistant, a member of the Golden Line Dance Team, secretary of Omicron Delta Kappa, and a TELOS Honors Student.
What are the missions of these organizations, and what do they contribute to campus life?
Res Life’s mission is to support students and encourage them to be engaged in all aspects of campus life. The dance team is a crucial part of the Fontbonne Spirit Squad. They not only train you in dance but provide an avenue for you to show your love for the school through your sport. Omicron Delta Kappa is an honors society that values leadership, scholarship, and fellowship. They give back to campus through service to the dear neighbor. TELOS honors program is a unique honors society that allows you to craft your honors experience through your time as a student, and your progression through the program is integrated into your journey.
Why are these groups important to you?
These groups are each important to me in their own unique ways. Although each involves being part of Fontbonne’s campus life, they all highlight different passions of mine that allow me to be myself fully during my time on campus. Res Life and ODK allow me to support others through my passion for leadership and connection with others. Dance and TELOS bring the aspect of my own creativity into my academic career.
I love how student organizations allow students to have their own voice. Students can openly express themselves, and they have full support. Watching students who have just joined an organization grow into confident and well-rounded individuals is an incredible experience.
How has being a student leader added value to your college experience?
Being a student leader has opened doors to new friendships and higher education that I could never have imagined. I have received countless opportunities to connect with my peers in collaborative efforts that have created life-long relationships. I have also had the opportunity to present my academic achievements at national conferences. Additionally, I have been able to network with those who work in the medical field who have given me thoughtful insight on my next steps to becoming a doctor.
Rayne was introduced to these student organizations through our LACE Center. The LACE (Leadership and Community Engagement) Center is where students can collaborate, host meetings and smaller-scaled events, utilize various resources and leadership development materials, and connect.
Housed on the 4th floor of Medaille Hall, LACE is the home to four key departments: Campus Ministry, Multicultural Programing, Orientation and Student Engagement, and Residential Life.
When asked about the staff in LACE, Rayne explained, “The LACE staff has been imperative in my success. They have pushed me to join different organizations. They have encouraged me not to be afraid to be my potential and my leadership. They have always supported me, both inside the organization itself and in my personal life. They have inspired me to continue to do what I love and to continue to push myself to be my best.”
Student engagement is the heart of the college experience. We encourage all students to consider becoming involved on campus in one or more ways that connect to their interests and passions. When asked how others can become involved, Rayne suggested, “put yourself out there and join a cause for something you are passionate about. Leadership stems from passion, and the ability to harness and recognize that is only possible through exploration. So, act on your passions and join an org (or start one if there is an org you want to create!). I am proud of the relationships I have gained with my peers through my experiences in student organizations. Although the academic accolades are an honor to receive, the ability to connect with those around me is something I could not have gained without my involvement on campus. I have already met so many wonderful people on my journey, and I look forward to what is to come.”