When it comes to extracurriculars I have always been involved. It’s a fun way to spend time that surprisingly can be pretty beneficial for you. Whether you’re a general member or hold a key leadership position, clubs can be pretty handy to have on your resume.
In the clubs I’ve been a part of, I’ve met some pretty great people who’ve become close friends. Clubs often revolve around a shared interest, which helps them to become a community. For instance, a club based around Dungeons & Dragons would be full of people eager to teach and share their knowledge while connecting over a mutual passion.
Whatever you may be interested in, Laurier likely has a club for it, so if you’re interested in making some new friends, look to Laurier’s clubs to see what you’d love to talk with people about. Feel like lending a helping hand? Many clubs are charity-based or hold fundraisers throughout the year. Passionate about the environment? There are many clubs that work to help our environment as well. If there isn’t a single club that is of interest to you (which I highly doubt), there is also the option of creating one yourself! Each term the Students’ Union opens up new club registration. You will never run out of chances to get active in clubs, the possibilities are endless.
Clubs can be more than just a chance to meet new people who share your interests. Have you ever found the perfect job, but it requires experience? You may not have the work experience, but some organizations will accept people who have extracurricular experience instead. Clubs are a chance to develop skills and learn some new ones. Some clubs have unique roles that could be a perfect fit for a future dream job. Want to work in languages one day? Join a club dedicated to learning a new language. Want to be a writer? Join Her Campus – that’s what I did! Once you start participating as a general member, you can even start to hold executive positions within the club and gain leadership experience.
Joining clubs can sometimes be daunting and scary. You’re new, and it may seem as though most of the people there already know each other. However, the truth is that not everyone does. Once you get over the nerves and go to that first meeting, you’ll be counting the days until you’re at the next one. Ultimately, it can be a really positive experience that will definitely be beneficial in the long run!