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It’s almost that time of the year….

As July ends and the lazy days of summer wind down, the time soon approaches for students to prepare for another year of school. College students deal with a unique dynamic as they juggle finalizing course schedules and tuition payments, moving back to school, and seeking opportunities that will contribute to their professional development. This means that it’s time to set some goals for the upcoming semester. What kind of grades do they want to make? Should they take on a part-time job or internship? Which extracurricular opportunities should they get involved in? The gap between the end of summer and beginning of the school year can seem overwhelming for students, leaving them not sure where they should begin.  At CARP (Collegiate Association for the Research of Principles), our goal is to help young people discover and implement principles for living successful, fulfilled lives. We really want to give students the tools and resources that will help them gain momentum for a successful year in college. Which is why we’re excited to host our national convention, MOMENTUM 2014! Whether you’re preparing for your first year of college or your last, we’ve got something for you! Look forward to enriching seminars that will enable you develop skills personally and professionally. Interact with participants from around the country and the world by engaging in a diverse array of evening programs such as an epic game night, etiquette seminar, and student spotlight showcase. Cap off the week by meeting young professionals in your field of interest by attending the Networking Reception.  Sounds like the perfect way to end your summer! Don’t worry, there is still time to register for this awesome event! More details and registration can be found at We hope all of our college students take time to reflect on the previous school year and their summer in order to create clear goals for the upcoming school year. The young adult age range (18-24) deals with a huge level of internal growth, and we want everyone to be able to fulfill their utmost potential during this critical time of their lives. So, enjoy the rest of your summer, see you at MOMENTUM 2014, and we wish you luck for the 2014-2015 school year! Love, CARP Continue Reading

Student Spotlight: Having an Impact in Your Community

Justin Okamoto, CARP Chapter Rep from Westchester, NY

Justin Okamoto, CARP Chapter Rep from Westchester, NY

CARP supports students who are not only dedicated to growing as individuals but also have a desire to have an impact in their communities. After all, CARP’s five leadership principles are all about that! Justin Okamoto is a CARP chapter rep in the Westchester, NY area. Recently, he planned and hosted a benefit concert to support My Sister’s Place, an organization dedicated to raising awareness about domestic violence and human trafficking.

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The concert took place on June 20th in Tarrytown, NY at the Belvedere Estate. Over 100 people spanning from the local area, and various locations in New York and New Jersey attended, mostly between the ages of 16-23. Three bands performed at the concert, including Sail the Boat from NJ/NYC, Quarter Royce from a local high school, and a cover band from SUNY Purchase. There were also several soloist performers. My Sister’s Place spoke about the current situation on human trafficking.

Although he dealt with fears related to the anticipation of the event’s success, Justin states “I was able to really go past the limits that I had created for myself and see a new side of me. I felt like the leader in me emerged. Leading volunteer teams, sending out invites, or rocking out on the stage, everyone really stepped up to make this concert happen and I was just really satisfied with the result. I’m really grateful to have so much support from this community.” My Sister’s Place also stated that that they were thankful for the respectful crowd, saying that it was one of the best events that they had ever attended. 


Lesson? If you have the desire to do something that will impact your community, go for it! It will take time, effort, and patience. Yet, you may surprise yourself by finding new talents and ability, as well as developing your leadership skills.

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