Walking onto your college campus freshman year can be daunting. You walk around and see people hanging out in big groups, laughing, and looking like they’re among great friends. You know that you just got to school and that you will soon be like these people, but you’re not sure how to get there. The best way to do this is getting involved in a club that suits your interests.
Maybe you enjoy singing, painting, or writing poetry. Maybe you like the idea of talking with, meeting people, and being part of their “family”. In this case, look into rushing a sorority! Maybe you’re passionate about advocating for human or environmental rights. Maybe you’re looking for a group of people that identify the same way that you do. This is a great place to start! Join one or a few of these groups until you find your groove and your people.
As you get settled into your freshman year, you might be interested in looking for clubs that are geared towards your major. These can be very helpful, since there will be many upperclassmen who have experience and can help you with any questions you might have about your major. If you’re struggling to decide on your major, going to some meetings for different clubs might help you see what you like about each field and help you in making your decision.
If you enjoy helping or working with other people and are looking for a leadership role, consider getting involved as a tour guide for prospective students, running for an executive board position in a group you like, or becoming a resident assistant. All of these are great ways to become more involved, build your resume, and meet new people.
Getting involved is a great way to improve your social life and boost your resume. Remember: it’s important to get involved slowly and not spread yourself too thin. But also, if you really like something, dive all in!