How to Get Involved on Campus
College can be an overwhelming experience. For many students, it is the first time they will be living away from home and living with people who they don’t know. Getting involved in campus clubs and activities might not only help you to make friends and feel more connected but also might be fun.
How Can I Start?
Many colleges offer a variety of different clubs, events, and other activities. To learn about these opportunities, you should attend your school’s activity fair. You may also learn about them through friends and acquaintances, bulletin boards, social media or the campus intranet. Listed below are some of the clubs and activities that are offered by many colleges and universities.
Do you enjoy playing sports but don’t necessarily want to play competitively? Getting involved in an intramural sport is a great way to be active and have fun without all the time and commitment associated with an official team sport. Many schools offer a wide variety of intramural sports, such as flag football, softball, volleyball, soccer and more!
Student government is a great way to get involved, make an impact on campus life, meet and form relationships with administrators, interact with governing boards, and feel empowered. Taking on a role in student government may also help you become more confident in expressing and supporting your ideas.
There are likely many volunteer opportunities in which to get involved both on and off-campus, such as at a local nursing home or hospital, a local soup kitchen, tutoring, Children’s Miracle Network, or the local Big Sisters or Big Brothers program. To find on-campus volunteer opportunities, look on your school’s website.
Joining a fraternity or sorority is a great way to make friends and connections, get involved on campus, and volunteer. Many fraternities and sororities sponsor various philanthropic, volunteer and fundraising events. Getting involved in these events can be a good way to give back and expand your network. Check out CollegeData’s article on Greek Life.
Many schools have a campus newspaper that provides information on-campus activities and events, local and national news, and other information of interest to students. If you enjoy writing or are interested in editing, publishing, advertising or business, you might consider getting involved in your school paper. Some colleges even have their own radio stations, podcasts, or television news stations at which to volunteer or get involved.
Other ways to get involved on campus include attending events, such as sports, art shows, concerts, and dramatic performances.
Working part-time, whether on- or off-campus, gives you the opportunity to make some money while at the same get involved in something outside the classroom. There are often part-time job opportunities at campus dining halls, your school’s library, or even a local coffee shop.
Joining a club related to your major might not only give you the opportunity to learn about the subject outside out of the classroom but also might help you with the courses you are taking that are related to your major.
Being a tutor not only allows you to earn some money but also might help you be a better communicator, listener, and problem-solver as well as more organized, creative, patient and empathetic.
Teacher’s Assistant (TA)
If you are interested in doing research in a specific area of study, talk to a professor and see if you can assist in research, grading, classwork, or other projects.
What campus doesn’t have an abundance of squirrels running around? Squirrel club is becoming quite popular at different campuses. For example, members of the squirrel club at the University of Michigan are selling t-shirts to help buy peanuts to feed the squirrels. Also, if you enjoy being outside, this is the perfect opportunity to enjoy the outdoors!
Quidditch club is a club based on the Harry Potter books and is an intramural sport that is growing in popularity on college campuses. If your school does not have this club, why not consider adding it to your campus?
A Cappella Club
Do you enjoy singing? Why not consider joining the on-campus A Cappella club.
Concrete Canoe Team
Schools like the University of Wisconsin and NYU are really stepping up their game and now have concrete canoe teams! Yes, we mean paddling a canoe made of concrete! If you enjoy being on water and are competitive, and also enjoy engineering, consider joining a club like this. You may even get the opportunity to be in competitive concrete canoe races!
Start your club
If your school does not have a club that you’re interested in, consider starting your own club.
If you join a club or organization and realize you aren’t really interested in it, find another club that more closely aligns with your interests, talents, and passions.
There are many benefits to embracing campus life. To learn more, check out Being Involved in College: How Can It Benefit Me?!