We encourage our students to participate in a variety of experiences and programs. In particular, we build community and provide opportunities in three key areas: Intellectualism, Social Engagement, and Cultural Activities.
Programs & Activities
Intellectualism is all about the opportunity to grow the mind and learn how to apply the knowledge gained from extracurricular activities. This includes networking, participating in career fairs, engaging in leadership training, interacting in the community, establishing relationships with mentors at various levels, and engaging in high academic performance.
- Networking opportunities
- Career and major presentations
- Leadership opportunity and training
- Sponsored community study groups
- Mentoring opportunities for local, state, and national conference participation
- AAADS Awards Program recognition
- Atkins Academic Wall of Honors
Social engagement activities are designed to build relationships and confidence to communicate across cultures and boundaries. Interactions that happen at cultural and sporting events provide essential training for Akinites to grow in this way.
- Movie nights
- Welcome back to school pool party
- Superbowl party
- Night at the cinema
- AAADS Fall Reception
Cultural interactions help to provide students with cultural literacy skills necessary to live in an increasingly diverse, global, and international world. Students from all cultural backgrounds are welcome to apply to live in our village and to participate in our programs through attendance of our educational trips, showcases and workshops.
- New York or Washington Educational Emergent Trip
- Museum trips
- Participation in performing arts activities
Atkins LLC gave me a family away from home and never-ending relationships. My first Atkins RA’s, both directors, and the professor for my second-year class are now lifelong mentors, along with a host of community liaisons and campus partners. We traveled as a community, ate together often, attended church together, and even had some neighbors walk us to and from class after hours when it began to get dark outside. I served as the Trips Chair and Senior Peer Mentor for a couple of years, gaining experience of leadership and working with our community for the better. I was able to learn time management, study skills, and grant writing. I even served on the Indiana University Student Government, to somewhat walk the shoes of Mr. Thomas I. Atkins. I gained advocates when I needed support, an ear, or a friend. My college experience was whole with the presence of Atkins, I was comforted on and off of the floor, gaining a full community of friends, supporters, mentors, and loved ones. I am forever grateful for my Atkins experience and each and every person a part my Atkins experience along the way.Anyjah Perkins