Student Life


Get Involved

Sometimes, your best growth in college comes outside the classroom. It's time to get involved! The Parkland College Office of Student Life will help you boost your résumé with volunteer and leadership opportunities. Our 30+ campus clubs and organizations offer you numerous opportunities to become acquainted with other students, develop leadership skills, and work with those who share similar interests. Clubs range from honorary to career-focused to multicultural to special-interest groups. You can join an existing organization, re-establish a inactive club, or even form a new club.

In addition, Student Life sponsors numerous campus events and collaborates with other college departments to offer a variety of programs for students:

  • Social
    Welcome Week activities, concerts, entertainers
  • Educational
    Sexual responsibility, motivational speakers, study skills 
  • Developmental
    Leadership workshops, service-learning opportunities

Student Life will also help you with the little (and not so little) details, too, like getting a student ID, finding a place to live, and preparing for commencement.

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Paul Simon Student Essay Contest

Has Parkland College made a difference in your life?

If so, consider entering the 2019 Paul Simon Student Essay Contest!


1. All currently enrolled full-time and part-time Illinois community college students are eligible to participate.
2. Entries must be typed (500 words or less) and address the theme “How My Community College has Changed My Life.”
3. An official entry form must accompany each essay (see below).
4. Essays must be received in Parkland’s Student Life Office, U-111, by 5pm, Friday, March 8, 2019.
5. The ICCTA Public Relations Committee will choose the statewide winning essay on the basis of writing style, grammar and punctuation, clarity of expression, and relevancy to the theme.
6. Essays will be returned by ICCTA upon written request.


• At the local level: $250.00 stipend to be applied to tuition or academic expenses at Parkland College in the fall of 2019 to the Parkland student whose essay is selected to be sent to the State ICCTA Contest.
• At the state level: The Parkland College recipient will be submitted to the state contest. One winner will be selected from the state contest to receive a $500.00 cash stipend for academic expenses for the fall 2019 semester; special recognition at the ICCTA’s June 2019 award banquet in Springfield.
• For more information, call Tracy Kleparski (217)351-2206.

Paul Simon Essay Application

Alternative Spring Break 2019

Parkland College’s Alternative Spring Break is an experience that allows students to learn the value of service to individuals and communities in need, participate in a transformative experience, and experience team building that cannot be taught in the classroom. Students that participate will learn the importance of self-reflection, social justice, and active citizenship.
This year the Alternative Spring Break will be in Flint Michigan. The trip will be from Sunday, March 17 to Thursday, March 21st. We will leave Parkland Sunday morning and we will return to Parkland Thursday afternoon. The 18th-20th will be focused on service, team building, learning, and reflection. The service projects will be focused on construction, though no previous experience in those areas are required. During the evenings, students will learn from and discuss with community members about the history of Flint, the Flint water crisis, and what people are doing to rebuild their community. 
Parkland aims to make this trip as affordable to as many students as possible. Transportation to Flint, meals in Flint, and lodging is provided to the students. The only cost to a student is a $25 non-refundable deposit that is required once you have been selected to participate in the trip.
Applications to join this service trip are due on January 31st at 5:00pm. You can return the completed application to Student Life, U-111, or email, or  you can fill out this form.
For information about last year’s trip go to Flint Michigan Alternative Spring Break.

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