Getting involved on campus

Even with all the time you’ll spend in class and all the napping you’ll do, you’re probably still going to have some free time. Why not fill it up with an extracurricular activity?  

Why Get Involved?

Why would you commit to an extracurricular activity? Here are just a few reasons:

  • You can’t do schoolwork 24 hours a day and expect to stay sane.
  • It’s a great way to meet new people (especially ones who aren’t in your program) and build your personal network.
  • It’s a cheap form of entertainment.
  • It’s a resumé enhancer.

How to Sign Up

Getting involved with an extracurricular activity is exceptionally easy. All you need to do is:

  • Figure out what you’re interested in. Obviously, there’s no sense in joining the chess club if you hate chess. You can choose between joining a club, becoming a fan of your school’s collegiate athletics teams, playing intramural sports, participating in student government and volunteering, so there really is something for everyone.
  • Contact the organization. Do a bit of digging (look online or in your school’s newspaper) and figure out who you need to call to inquire about joining the organization that interests you the most. Student organizations are always on the lookout for new members, so you should be welcomed with open arms. The earlier in the school year you join, the better.
  • Go to your first meeting. Introduce yourself to the other students. If you’re not too shy, try to take on an active role right away. The more you put into an organization, the more you’ll take away.

Commuter Students

It can be particularly hard for students who commute to school to feel involved with campus life. They miss out on the easy-access social interaction of dorm life and often end up sitting in the library killing time between classes because they don’t have anywhere to hang out.

A great way for commuter students to forge a strong connection to campus life is by signing up for an extracurricular activity. As a member of a club or an intramural sports team, commuter students can meet new friends and schedule activities to help pass the time between classes. Hanging out in the video games club lounge is a lot more fun than hanging out in the library.

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