Things to Do at the Beginning of the School Year to Get Involved
College is all about having a great experience and meeting new people but in order to do that you need to get out there and get involved. Here are some ideas to get you started.
Start With Your Major
Visit your major's department and explore the organizations you can get involved with to share what you love doing with others. Many majors have organizations and honor societies that you can look into. Another great thing about working within your major is that you can add your experience to your resume.
At the beginning of a semester, an Activities Fair is held to introduce students to everything going on around campus. Attend alone or with a friend and discover all the clubs and organizations that are available to you. Sign up for multiple and attend a first meeting to see if it could be a good fit. Or if you have a great idea or cause, you can start your own group.
Intramurals is a great way to get involved if you love sports and use it as a way to bond with others. Most schools offer a variety of sports teams you can join such as volleyball, basketball, and extreme Frisbee.
Join a Sorority or Fraternity
This is one of the most popular ways to get involved and meet new people. If you're interested, make sure to do some research on the Greek organization before you go through the competitive process. What's great about frats and sororities is that they help you get involved with volunteering, charity work, and other campus organizations. In addition, it’s a great way to boost your resume.
On Campus Job
On campus jobs are a great way to make extra money, meet people, make connections, and learn more about the services of your school. Work study is very flexible with your school and activity schedule so don't worry about it being inconvenient for you. There are many jobs offered on school campuses that you can assist with.
Don't put off a club because it doesn't look interesting. You have nothing to lose to see what it’s all about. There are plenty more groups and organizations for you to get involved with besides the obvious ones you see. Look for flyers and ask teachers and ask upperclassman to help point you in the right direction.