Get Involved on Your Campus
A college campus offers hundreds of ways to get involved and engaged. Most importantly, you should be involved in activities that are fun and exciting for you. Here are just some of the opportunities your campus offers:
Clubs and Organizations
Student clubs deal with a variety of topics including academic, social, political, religious, athletic, cultural and community service. Examples of these clubs may be a history club, euchre club, bible study, community service club or the club football team.
Some student organizations are very large and influence the entire campus or a specific student population. Fraternities and sororities, student government, campus programming boards, residence hall councils and honors organizations are good examples of larger student organizations.
Sports offer the opportunity to stay physically active while making new friends and pushing yourself. Your campus probably offers informal sports and may also have division sports associated with the National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) or the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). Typically, these athletes are recruited by the coaches, but teams will also hold open try-outs for students to walk-on. These teams require a large time commitment, but may be able to provide financial scholarships in return.
The campus is not the only place where you can find ways to get involved and engaged. The surrounding community will likely have plenty of ways to get involved through community service, volunteer work and jobs or internships. Volunteering with friends can make the experience more fun, and they may even chip in for gas money.
Working while in college, obtaining an internship or participating in work-study are additional ways to get involved on your campus. You can gain academic credit, put money towards your tuition or living costs and get real world experience.
Some students decide to enlist in the Army, Navy, Air Force or the National Guard during college. The military offers incredible financial incentives for college, and provides a stable environment where you can expect to develop leadership skills that are directly transferable to the job market. See if your campus offers Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) .
Start Your Own
While there are numerous activities to choose from, there is always the opportunity to start your own club or organization to meet an unmet need. At many colleges, you will need to formally register your organization in order to gain perks such as funding or being able to reserve a classroom for meetings. You may also need a faculty advisor.