“I don’t have enough time in my schedule for that.” “I don’t want to have any commitments right now.” “No thank you; there isn’t anything that really interests me.”
“I can’t, I don’t want to cut into my social time.” I’m sure you have heard at least one of these excuses, or maybe you yourself have used them a time or two. The list goes on and on, but when it comes to getting involved on campus these negative perceptions are far from the truth. Student involvement is a necessity for personal, social, and academic success. It is an easy way to meet new people, and most importantly, being involved is a great resume builder.
Joining clubs and organizations on campus promotes personal growth on every level. One area that every student could use a boost in is responsibility, being committed to various groups in your campus community can help you achieve this. Attending organized meetings on a regular basis can force students to manage their time wisely, a scary thought, but is a vital skill to being successful academically, and personally. However one defines success, managing your time will allow you to reach your goals. Another big part of the broad definition that is responsibility is leadership. A college student’s best attribute should be their ability to motivate a group of people to achieve a common goal. This is the one of the most important aspects of a college student entering the job market, and can be the deciding factor between two equally qualified applicants. Joining many different organizations opens your mind up to things that would normally turn you off, or seem frivolous. This broadening of one’s perspective raises personal awareness and diversifies your thought patterns. You might even gain a couple new hobbies that you would have never thought that you were interested in until you tried it for yourself.
An obvious benefit to being involved on campus is that you get to meet lots of new people. Whether you join an...