Whether you are a freshman eager to get involved at your college or you are a returning student looking for another club to join, it can be helpful to know how to find your student community. Finding your student community in college makes your home-away-from-home more comfortable and makes for an easier transition. You may already have a few ideas about clubs and organizations you want to participate in based on previous extracurricular activity involvement. However, if you are not sure what to look for in clubs, activities and groups, it is important to establish and recognize your interests to narrow the search.
There are lots of places to look for information on student organizations to join. Before classes start, universities often hold activity fairs where student organizations set up booths to offer information about their clubs and groups. If you are interested in joining a Greek community, look out for ‘meet the Greeks’ events to get to know some of the sororities and fraternities on campus. Throughout the start of the semester, organizations may advertise call-out meetings through flyers posted in lecture halls and dorms, or even chalk on the sidewalks. Your university’s website my have a section on student groups that advertise meetings to learn more about specific clubs and your student newspaper may have ads for call-out meetings as well. Also, social media sites like Facebook and Twitter are great places to learn about events and information sessions for organizations. Follow your university, the Greek community or specific organizations on social media to stay on top of the latest information. Finally, ask around! Students in your major may be involved in organizations that correlate with your interests. Ask your RA, your classmates, your professors, and upperclassman what clubs and organizations they are involved in or may recommend for you.
Once you find a club or organization that may be of interest to you, attend an information session to see if it is something you may want to get involved in. Go to as many as you like because there will never be a binding commitment to join. If a particular club isn’t for you or is not what you hoped it would be, do not give up and assume you won’t find your community at college; try another club and know that there is always an organization that will fit your needs. If you are feeling bold, you can even start your own club. The options are endless and extracurricular activities are an important part of your college experience. Take advantage of the clubs and organizations that are offered on college campuses. This may be the only time you get the chance to try sailing, photography or dance, so go for it and do something you were hoping to cross off your bucket list!
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