T his is an exciting time to be a Buff. The semester is coming to a close and many are getting ready for their summer break with various things planned -- from trips and traveling, to work and internships.

Seniors are also getting ready to graduate and walk campus for the last time as an undergrad. Graduation is the final step before the opportunities of holding a college degree begin to show themselves in their own unique ways. I take this time to congratulate all the seniors that have made it to this point and I hope you finish strong.

Even though many students will be leaving Boulder in a couple of weeks, there is still plenty of activity on this campus.

Many groups will be brining prospective students to campus and will be in need of volunteers to help show the potential Buffs around. Many of these volunteer opportunities can range from speaking to prospective students about college life to giving groups campus tours.

These student groups and campus organizations need all the help they can get as one of their highest priorities is to bring new students onto campus weekly. Many times these opportunities are fun ways to volunteer and give back.

Each organization and group has different ways to get involved as well. There is literally a way for anyone with any kind of interest, talent, skill set, or passion to volunteer on this campus. Finals week is usually the busiest time of year for sure, but there is always a finish line at the end. And once you reach that finish line is where the real fun begins. While taking some time to relax and unwind after the brutal nature of finals, take some time out to impact another student's life.

Many times, volunteering positively impacts the groups you are serving, as well as the people you work with. And it cannot be understated how much of a positive impact volunteering has on you as a person, as well.

I think I can safely assume that most of us are enrolled here in college to help better ourselves and prepare for our futures in whatever fields and jobs we choose. One of the greatest ways of bettering yourself not just for the workplace, but life, is to give back and help people in whatever means you choose.

One of the most rewarding things in life is helping someone with any one thing and seeing a large smile on their face as they begin to imagine the possibilities now available to them.

You can call me old-fashioned, but it always makes my day to see people light up with potential knowing I had just a small part in helping them get to that point.

Phil Barker is a senior at the University of Colorado at Boulder and is the inner-campus liaison for SORCE.