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Awesome Events to Attend on Campus
February 14, 2018
There’s always something happening on campus. Check out why you should attend these events!
School-organized events. Your campus probably has an organization that is solely responsible for creating student events. When I was a student, that organization was called the Student Activity Board, and they organized things like study breaks with adorable puppies, open mic nights, parties with local food providers, and were also responsible for bigger events like Homecoming. This type of event is literally designed with you as a student in mind, so take advantage of them all. You may get free food or t-shirts (or other cool free stuff). Plus it’s a great opportunity to just hang out with your friends or meet new people!
Informational events. There are tons of events outside of class that will help you learn something new! A guest speaker on campus could hold a talk on a specific subject. A professor may host a special lecture. I attended a monthly roundtable discussion where students talked about complicated societal issues. Some schools organize a number of special educational events around Martin Luther King, Jr. Day or other significant days. These can be a great way for you to learn something new or engage in content unfamiliar to you, so make an effort to attend them because college is meant to be a learning experience.
Sports events. Even if you’re not a major sports person, I recommend that you attend a few games while in college. The atmosphere of college games (regardless of sport) is fun and full of life. You decided to attend your school for one reason or another, and the school spirit is usually in full swing at games. You’ll find yourself pulling for your team to win even if you’re not usually a sports fan. It’s a great place to hang out with friends, even if it’s just an intramural game of volleyball or soccer.
Externally organized events. There will be some events hosted on campus that are organized by a company or person outside of campus. Maybe an industry wants to recruit students about to graduate. Job fairs bring in a lot of professionals from the area and provide a great chance for you to network outside of campus. There are also a number of workshops or training sessions that have been established for years and travel from place to place like campuses or workplaces.
Student-sponsored events. Many students are involved on campus in a number of ways, and sometimes they organize events as well. These events are for students by students; the organizers know their audience very specifically because they are part of the demographic. Your student government might arrange a town hall meeting. Your campus newspaper might host a publication party. The improv group might have a midnight show. Every year on my campus we had an event that was similar to an academic conference where many seniors presented their final projects and papers. You can best support your fellow students by attending these events.
There is never a shortage of events to attend on campus, so pay attention to all the flyers posted on bulletin boards and fill up your calendar!
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