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3 Ways to Get Involved on Campus
January 25, 2017
College should be more than just your classes. Get out there and join in with these three strategies.
1. Join a club or organization
Most colleges have a huge activity fair when school starts. Every student organization you could possibly think of has their own table with giveaways and a sheet for you to write down your email address.
This is the easiest way to join a club, but it is also the most overwhelming. For a less intense process, scan your university’s newsletter or bulletin boards for call-out meetings. Search for the group on Facebook and Twitter.
Another way is to talk to your friends about what they’re involved in, your professors to see what clubs they advise, and upperclassmen in your major to see what organizations would be beneficial to join. Simply striking up conversation in the dining hall will expose you to more clubs than you ever thought existed.
Some groups are pretty standard on a campus, such as Relay for Life, a campus newspaper, the student section at sporting events, Greek life and a cappella groups galore. However, some are more rare like Quidditch club, gardening groups or a knitting circle.
No matter what you are interested in, there will be a group for you to join. It might take some time to find it, or you could even start the club!
Joining a club or organization will expand your circle of friends, allow you to pursue a passion or just explore a new hobby. If you really like it, you could run for a leadership position later on and get some experience.
2. Get an on-campus job
This is a way to get involved and make money. A job, especially one on campus, will occupy some of your free time while teaching you valuable skills. It is also convenient, since it is located on campus and employers will work around your class schedule because they know academics come first.
When you have a campus job like working in the admissions office or at the campus coffee shop, you will meet lots of new people and learn new things about your school.
You will make friends with your co-workers/classmates, while also learning the importance of time management, priority setting and punctuality. Any experience in a professional setting helps prepare you for life after college, and a campus job would be a great way to do that.
3. Attend events
Get out of your dorm room and go do stuff! That is a super easy way to be more involved with campus life. You could go to a sporting event with friends or watch a play with your roommate. Student government and residence life often host campus programming events for free (or really cheap).
You will be exposed to a whole new world of events, cultures, ideas and people if you take a step out of your comfort zone. College is the time to explore, grow and learn, so get out there and get involved!
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