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The Benefits of Getting Involved on Campus

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There are many benefits to getting involved on campus! It may lead to connections with potential employers, future coworkers, and especially, new friends. Some great benefits are:

Make Friends

As a new college student, you may find it hard to make new friends. Joining clubs, Greek Life, or other social activities are ways to meet fellow students who may have similar interests as you and which may possibly lead to new friendships.

Leadership Opportunities

As you become more involved in a club or campus organization, you might want to take on a larger role and apply or volunteer for a leadership position. Taking on a leadership role not only may help prepare you for future jobs but also teach you how to work with and motivate others. Leadership opportunities may be available in student government, tutoring, and even by starting your own club.

Build Your Resume

Make sure to highlight your clubs and organizations on your resume. This can show future employers, graduate schools and others that you manage your time well, have various interests and talents outside the classroom, enjoy cultivating relationships, and take initiative to create new experiences. Some great ways to build your resume include writing for your campus newspaper, joining student government, or volunteering at a non-profit organization.

Time Management

When you join a club or organization, you may have various responsibilities, including attending meetings and events. Combine that with your coursework and other activities, such as a part-time job or another club, and you are likely going to be a very busy person. Make sure to manage your time wisely and be careful about over-committing.

Reduce Stress

Getting involved on campus, although time-consuming, provides a break from schoolwork and may also help alleviate stress and make college more enjoyable and balanced. Students who are involved in campus activities are more likely to feel a sense of belonging and adjust more easily to campus life. Getting involved can also expand your circle of friends, another enjoyable part of college life that can help reduce stress.

Discover New Interests

Getting involved in campus clubs and activities might help you identify new interests and strengths and help you select a major and a career path. Consider unique clubs that spark your interest, like the concrete canoe team or the Quidditch club (see How to Get Involved on Campus for more information about these and other clubs).

Create Connections

The friendships and connections you make at college might lead to a summer internship or job, might help you decide on a major or career path, and might be a reference when it comes time to apply for an internship, job or graduate school. Just remember: it is your responsibility to look for those resources and make the connections.

There are many rewarding ways to get involved on campus. To learn more, check out How to Get Involved on Campus.

 

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