It’s incredibly cliche, but when it comes to getting involved on campus, “you get what you give.” Campus activities are great because you can choose how many you want to join, and how much effort you want to put into them. As a general advise tip: pick at least one that you want to be heavily involved in, and some others that you enjoy contributing to, but might not want to lead in. Being involved in organizations and activities can actually improve your school work and increase your personal connection to the school. You’ll make friends and have fun while expressing your interests.
1. INTERNATIONAL CLUBS
You don’t have to be South Asian to join the South Asian Student Association. Or African-American to join the Coalition of Black Students. These organizations are on campus to share their culture with all students and community members. You’ll learn about specific traditions and customs, and have a platform to ask questions and possibly learn the language.
There are lots of organizations on campus that are working for a cause, while others just volunteer randomly. College clubs might work for cancer, human rights, political candidates, or local organizations such as The Boys and Girls Club. You can volunteer on a consistent basis or work for one big fund-raising event.
You don’t have to be good at sports to play. You don’t even have to be competitive. Intramurals allow you to be on teams, and chose what level of intensity you want. It’s a platform to play the sport, exercise and have fun while competing for the championship t-shirts. A lot of teams joke around. Most schools have the conventional sports like basketball, soccer, flag football and softball. But some colleges also have Broom Ball, Cornhole, Pickleball, Underwater Hockey, Ultimate Frisbee, and Rock, Paper, Scissors.
4. PROFESSIONAL SOCIETIES
Join the club, society, or professional Greek life that corresponds with your major. They will help build your skills and refine your resume. They’ll probably have professionals from your field come and talk about their careers.
When the activities your involved in have a big event, such as a game, speaker or festival, invite your friends to come! Show them what you’ve been working on and what you’re passionate about!
Noelle Smith is a Broadcast News and Politics double major at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa.