Many college students don’t know what they’re missing by not taking part in the student clubs and organizations that are offered at most colleges and universities. Taking part in one can be a rich and rewarding experience. So don’t just walk past those tables during clubs week! Check them out and see what’s available. Here are a few reasons why you should take part in student clubs and organizations.
1. Meet new people
It can be hard to meet new people in college, especially in your first year. Class sizes can be big and intimidating and it’s not as if talking is really encouraged during lecture. This is why it is a good idea to join a club, particularly if you do happen to be shy and have a hard time talking to others in class. You’ll find yourself in a smaller group of people who likely share your interest, making it much easier to talk and get to know one another.
2. You are passionate about your major
There are many student clubs and organizations for different majors and departments. Such clubs can be a lot of fun as well as a great academic resource for you. If you are taking your major because you actually have a passion for it then you will get to meet others who feel the same way. By joining an academic club you will probably have an easier time getting to know professors in your department and you might even get access to study help and other academic advice.
3. You have a particular cause, interest, or hobby
As with finding people who are as passionate about your major as you are, you can also find a club or organization which matches your interests, hobbies, or supports a cause you care about. If your particular interest isn’t represented then you can even look into starting a club! There are religious clubs, academic clubs, activist clubs, and all sorts of other organizations that you can choose from.
4. Learn important leadership skills
Student clubs and organizations can be a good way to learn important leadership skills that would look great on job or grad school applications. Holding an executive position in a club will be reflected in your official student records. You will be able to gain other important skills such as event planning, finance management, and coordinating other club members. Find a club that you love being a part of and if you work hard you might be able to gain such a position.
5. Have fun
Lastly, student clubs and organizations can simply be a lot of fun. You will get to meet new people who have the same interests as you at various fun events and activities. This is an invaluable experience, particularly because the college experience can be pretty anonymous if you don’t go out of your way to get involved. Make sure to take advantage of student clubs and organizations to make the most out of your time in college!
Did you take part in student clubs and organizations?