KBKCSLS. Some of you may know exactly what I am talking about; others may be scratching their heads – perfectly okay. If you are anything like me in my first year, you are probably looking like
Lets be real – Ohio State is all about the really long acronyms. But ultimately, I think it would be a sin if you went through your whole first year at Ohio State and not check the Keith B Key Center for Student Leadership & Service. It is located on the second floor of the Ohio Union and it is a perfect spot for many reasons (in which I will describe below). Really, it truly is one of my favorite spots on campus!
The Center is a great place for any student to go to connect with others. One the reasons I love it so much is because it is always bustling with students who are very passionate about what they are doing. The Center is the home of over 60 student organization offices, and each organization is required to hold office hours weekly. If you were ever looking to get involved in a student org, you could always stop by their office and talk to a member about their experiences!
The CSLS is also home to Undergraduate Student Government (USG), the sorority and fraternity councils, and Ohio Union Activities Board. It also houses cohorts through the Union such as Pay it Forward and Student Leadership Advocates. Pay it Forward is responsible for the numerous service opportunities that you get to take part in, such as MLK Day of Service and Community Commitment. Student Leadership Advocates is a group of students trained to facilitate workshops and retreats for other student orgs.
(This is totally how I assume every Student Life employee at Ohio State feels like when they walk into the center).
So maybe you’re sitting there thinking, “Man, sounds cool, but I’m not sure why I would use that”. Well, think again my friend!
Many people seem to think that the Center is only for students holding office hours, but that is so not the case. There are plenty of study spaces in the center, as well as a resource room that you can utilize. The resource center is a craft-person’s dream – you can get anything from butcher block paper to balloons to pins for your backpack (remember all those nifty ones your Orientation Leader seemed to have? This is the spot.) Also, I just think the Center is really the “living room” of your student experience. As a first-year student, one of the things I missed most was having a couch – since one obviously didn’t fit in my resident hall room. The Center has a very homey atmosphere to hang out in and, thanks to USG, there is even a Mrs. Pacman machine you can play in between class! How fun is that?
Now I hope you are really excited to poke your head in and utilize the center, considering it is such an amazing resource for you as a student of Ohio State! Hope to see you there my friends!