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Scholars Day: A platform for academic achievement

by The Stylus
Thu, Apr 11th 2019 03:50 pm
Beneficial forum Scholars day is filled with important presentations, meaningful conversation and self-marketing opportunities. Students who decide to take part in the all-day event leave with valuable lessons they can use in the future.
Beneficial forum Scholars day is filled with important presentations, meaningful conversation and self-marketing opportunities. Students who decide to take part in the all-day event leave with valuable lessons they can use in the future.

The College at Brockport hosts many events and offers opportunities for students to showcase their academic works throughout the school year. Arguably the biggest one, however, is Scholars Day.

This day is compiled of students from all majors displaying their academic achievements. Whether they submit their work on their own or are encouraged by a professor or advisor to participate, the event gives students the opportunity to network and receive well deserved recognition for their efforts. 

Scholars day submissions for the new school year began late November, 2018. The Daily Eagle’s description of the event states, “SCHOLARS DAY, OUR ANNUAL CELEBRATION provides students with intellectual enrichment and professional development, and illustrates the academic excellence at the heart of the Brockport experience. This signature campus event provides students with intellectual enrichment and professional development.”

Much like the Diversity Conference, different presentations are set up in various locations on campus, and start as early as 8 a.m., typically continuing until 5 p.m. 

The main difference would be that the Diversity Conference brings in professionals to speak on inclusivity, whereas Scholars Day allows students to present a broader range of topics. Submissions range from English papers and short films to artwork. There are even collaborations between teachers and students at the different sessions. 

Most students see it as a day in the middle of the week to not have classes, relax and unwind with friends. We at The Stylus understand that at this point in the semester many individuals are stressed, particularly graduating seniors. Those living off campus have barbeques, friends’ company and down time. Those who feel overworked have the opportunity to use the day to get some rest.

For a day that should be highlighting young people’s achievements, attendance is sometimes scarce for Scholar’s Day. 

Presentations vary from well thought out to last minute. Depending on how early one submits, poorly prepared presentations may get the spot that someone who has put more extensive work in deserves. Keep in mind, the process to submit involves multiple requirements. These include a 200-250 word abstract, contact information and the project uploaded electronically. Presenters must also sign a Creative Commons licensing agreement, according to Scholars Day journal “The Spectrum.”

Some students have put in extensive research and hard work for presentations, which makes the small turnouts to the sessions sting even more. Honor students, who have to present a thesis in order to graduate, have been known to use the Scholar’s Day platform to do so. 

Scholars day is an amazing opportunity for people to educate others on topics they have deemed important. This is also a great way for students to work on presentation skills due to this being a major showcase platform. 

With the amount of work presenters put in, there are representatives and faculty present from everywhere who may see a certain presentation and decide to work on future projects with the presenter. The event provides the space to network with professionals, and it also looks great on a resume. 

Whether a person is equipped with the skills to do public speaking or not, it takes courage to speak in front of a crowd, no matter the size. Therefore, those presenting at Scholars Day should be applauded. 

Other than presenting, students are recognized by faculty. Students receive awards for multiple things, including having exceptional expositions. Scholar’s Day is much more than a day off, and we at The Stylus believe more students should participate in the event and support their fellow peers.

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