Get Out There and Be Involved!
When I first started college, I was overwhelmed at all of the choices for clubs. There were honor societies, Greek life, major/minor themed clubs, extra-curricular activities, etc. Basically, if you can think of it, it was a club. I was not very active in high school; my main concern was getting into college, and making the grades to get a scholarship. Once I had achieved this goal, I knew that I wanted to get involved. Along my journey, I learned some important benefits of joining an organization on campus, which I will be sharing with you today.
1. It will get you out of the dorm. This is very important in college. In college, you have a lot more reading and studying to do than in high school, which can result in you staying in your dorm room all of the time. Getting involved with organizations on campus allows you to have experiences other than studying and watching Netflix. You might even join an organization that has study sessions, so you won’t always study by yourself! Being a part of some organization is important to prevent you from getting stir-crazy!
2. You can make some new friends. College can be a scary experience for anyone, especially if you go out of state. In most cases, you go in not knowing anyone or the area all that well (unless you stay at home). Joining an on-campus organization is a great way to meet new people who share the same interests and beliefs as you! They provide a great way to meet new people, and have fun while doing it! Or, if you join an organization that seems interesting but the subject is something you’ve never heard of, you can meet people who are different from you and learn new things! Either way, you are bound to make some new friends in college.
3. You can have new experiences. Joining an organization in college is a great way to try new things. I was part of my school’s debate team for a year; I had never been on a debate team before, and I got the fourth place speaker award my first debate! Trying new things is a difficult, and even scary. The skills and experience you will gain at the end of it, however, is well worth the hardship!
I hope this article has helped convince you to give campus organizations a try! It has been a rewarding experience for me; I have grown in my leadership and communication skills because of it. It has also opened many doors for me that I did not think were possible! Of course, not all organizations that you want to be a part of have to be on your college campus. Find some cause or organization to be a part of that you will enjoy and that will be rewarding to you. Please let me know what organizations you are a part of or which ones interest you! Thanks for reading!