Student Organizations

A student's life is work and play

One of the greatest benefits of attending college is the opportunity to access a variety of social clubs and organizations - you'll find there's a group of like minds for almost any interests out there, including yours!

Often, these clubs can have a positive impact on your studies, and can help you make the most of your college experience. After all, education is about more than just the textbooks - in fact, many professors view extracurricular participation in course-related groups as a definite asset, and may even provide extra credit. In the long term, employers also look highly on students who were able to balance their education with their extracurricular.

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So, how do you get started in clubs and organizations, when the whole college experience might be new and overwhelming? The best way is to dive right in!

Join In

The most important aspect of your student social life is getting out there. Unfortunately, all those great people who come together as a club to discuss their favorite interests aren't going to show up at your residence door and beg you to hang out with them. You have to be active in seeking out people and groups that you'll enjoy engaging with - it may be scary or difficult at first, but ultimately you'll be happy you put yourself out there.

Consider the Options

The great thing about on-campus organizations is the variety available. What catches your fancy? Do you like books? Do you like outdoor sports? Do you have an obscure favorite band that you're completely dedicated to? Any of these interests can spur the creation of a club or group, so if you can't find one that suits your tastes, start your own! And remember, it's okay to test the waters on subjects you don't know much about - most clubs welcome new members, and welcome the chance to pass on their knowledge.

Take it Easy

With all the options out there, however, you have to be careful to avoid burnout. As a student you have a lot of work to do - there are classes, homework, assignments and tests; family and friends from home, part-time jobs and all your favorite TV shows. While it's important that you get out and socialize with people who have similar interests, be sure you don't overextend - you don't want to sacrifice good grades or your relationship with your mom!

So, you need to take it easy. Join one, maybe two clubs, but don't feel like you have to sign up for everything that you see. If you're in more than one club, consider taking a backseat role - be happy to participate in the club and go along with what's organized for you. But, if you are interested in a leadership position, only take on one. You'll be surprised how much time can be eaten up by event planning, organization and maintenance of a club.

Finally, remember that if a club's not for you, there's no sense sticking around. Giving new things a try is all well and good, but if you're not having fun, it's okay to move on to the next club. A little searching is all it takes to find the place that's right for you.

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