There is more to college than the classroom, the library and tests. Many campuses offer a variety of different activities for their students to get involved in, such as clubs, organizations, sport teams, etc.
Finding out what activity you would like to join can be easier said than done. Take the time to think about your likes and dislikes, and what would interest you the most.
Why should I get involved?
Getting and staying involved are two of the many important things while in college. Being involved is a great resume builder. Adding your extracurricular activities extends and fills your resume for future employers to see.
Being involved can mean to be a part of many things, from joining a sorority or fraternity, to playing a sport on one of your school teams, or joining a club that’s related to your major.
As long as you are involved, you will get the most experience out of your college years.
Benefits of involvement
- Building a community: Being involved helps meet people who have similar interests and it is also beneficial for networking. “It’s all about who you know” is a very crucial statement. Being a familiar face on campus at events and in clubs is a helpful tool for the future.
- Personal growth: When a student is constantly busy and active in the campus community, it helps them grow as a person. It builds character, increases social skills, and promotes positive problem solving.
- Grow familiar with the University: Students grow comfortable with the campus community and its members. Making campus like a second home makes the love for school that much bigger and better.
How do I get involved?
The best way to get involved is to keep your eyes and ears open.
From your professors, your email newsletters, to the signs on the bulletin board outside your dorm room or in the campus student center, there are announcements for various clubs and events everywhere you go.
Be sure to constantly check the fliers around campus and if something catches your attention, jot down the date and time and go to an informational meeting.
Commuter students may not be on campus as much as other students who live on campus, but they still have access to announcements and events.
Most colleges and universities keep an online database of their registered student organizations. So find one that interests you and head to the first meeting. You never know you might just love it.
With a little bit of time and effort, there may be a huge payoff.
The benefits of involvement stated above are huge when looking at what can be gained from college. Experiences are much more valuable than what a textbook can give.
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