Why was I invited to the CIVICUS Program?
You were invited because your admissions essays, letters of recommendation, and activities in high school and your community reflect your positive leadership, involvement, and motivation. CIVICUS looks to invite students who will continue to strengthen and broaden their leadership skills within the campus and local communities.
Why should I accept this invitation to CIVICUS?
CIVICUS is a great way to make our large university a little smaller. You will be surrounding yourself with a diverse group of individuals whom you will become very close to during your years in Somerset Hall. These individuals, like you, are highly involved in a variety of activities including intramural sports, service organizations, student government, Greek life, and major and pre-professional organizations. This will give you the opportunity to get involved on campus in ways that would not otherwise be available to you. CIVICUS is also just a lot of fun. You will meet a lot of great people and form friendships that will last a lifetime.
How will the CIVICUS course load affect the completion of my degree?
The CIVICUS program only requires 14 credits over your first two years. Therefore it does not affect a student's ability to graduate in four years or less, and many students in the program double major.
What is it like living in Somerset Hall?
Somerset Hall is more like a home than a residence hall and you will get to know everyone who lives there. It's great to live in a place where people know each other and say hello to you when you pass them in the hallway. Most CIVICUS classes are also held in Somerset , and there's usually someone from CIVICUS in your other classes so you've got someone to study with as well! In addition to always having someone to go to dinner or a watch a movie with, CIVICUS students also support the Terps together at athletic events. Go Terps!
How will living in Somerset Hall affect my interactions with other freshmen?
Living in Somerset offers you many opportunities to meet other people. Somerset is located on North Hill, which is surrounded by other residence halls that mainly house freshmen and sophomores. CIVICUS Associates are among the most involved in the University community, so you will have lots of chances to meet people outside of the CIVICUS community in organizations, at the dining hall, in classes, and at the Campus Recreation Center (CRC). You will probably find that your friends will want to come to Somerset to visit you.
Who decides what we do in CIVICUS?
The CIVICUS faculty and staff is committed to making CIVICUS work for its students and highly values student recommendations and initiatives. While there are some programs and service events planned by the faculty and staff, students' input is essential. Additionally, students are encouraged to follow their own interests when pursuing community service, internships, and social activities, and the CIVICUS faculty and staff works to help students find opportunities that fit each student's individual interests.