Congratulations classy lady: You made it to college! After you’ve received your class syllabi and hung up your One Direction poster on your wall, you’ll want to think about how to spend your time outside of classroom and dorm life. Getting involved in campus life provides a ton of benefits such as friends, fun, and a sense of purpose.
1. Start by going to the college involvement fair. Representatives from every club and organization will be eager to talk to you! Sign up for anything that sparks your interest and narrow down your options later.
2. After the involvement fair, every club you signed up with will send you e-mails about the first meeting. Attend as many as possible. You’ll learn more about the vibe and the purpose of the group to help decipher where you fit in most. Don’t worry if you don’t have anybody to go with yet; many people will be there alone looking to meet friends!
3. Once you’ve experienced a few club meetings, you’ll have a better idea of which you’d like to continue with during the semester. Only commit to one or two clubs; any more and you’ll find yourself spread too thin.
4. Finally, stay involved with the clubs you’ve chosen! Even if you feel too busy to go to meetings, try to find the time to do so. Staying involved will make you feel happier and more satisfied with your campus life and passionate commitment could earn you a leadership position by your sophomore year!
5. Gone to the involvement fair, attended first meetings, and still not interested in committing to any clubs? Start your own! Post in your schools Facebook group to find other students with similar interests. Make a list of interested students and take it to your schools campus life office to get started.