I know you’ve probably heard it a million times and you are tired of it. Yeah, you’re thinking, everybody tells me that so of course I’m going to get involved. But the fact is, once you get to school and all you want to do is lay in your bed and be lazy it’s hard to motivate yourself to get involved. Plus, you don’t want to miss out on the things that all your new friends are doing. But it is true that getting involved and joining some organizations is important.
Most schools have an organization day or Club kickoff where you can walk around and visit with some of the leaders of the organizations on campus. Every school has a ton of organizations so if you seriously think there is nothing that would interest you, you are wrong. It’s just a matter of searching them out. I would suggest making an effort to walk around during the organization recruitment day and trying to find something you’re interested in.
But don’t just walk around. Talk to people! Ask questions at the booths that interest you. There’s no way that you can find any club or organization without actually interacting with people, no matter how hard it might be for you. Also, sometimes you might not necessarily be completely sold on the club, but the people are just people that you want to be around.
Now, one warning that I have for you is to not get too involved. When you join clubs on clubs on clubs, it gets overwhelming and you will be less motivated to actually go to the meetings. For example, I have been playing tennis since sixth grade and started playing pretty much year round in high school. Still, I didn’t join the club tennis team my first semester. Instead, I wanted to try out some other things without crowding my schedule. Of course, I’ve joined it now, but I think it was good for me to take a break from it.
In my first semester here at Coastal, I only joined a few clubs. One was a business group and the other was Sea Turtle Club. And I’m glad that I didn’t join more because it gave me the chance to really involve myself in those two, and also to get my feet under me here at college. It’s an adjustment period, and I’m not the kind of person who like to dive in head first. Now, I’m involved in a lot more.
My point is, getting involved in a few clubs or organizations and actually putting in an effort while you’re there is a great way to get to know some more people. In my experience, the people who you think are really good friends at the beginning of you college career are not always going to be your best friends. But, even if they are, it’s good to have a bunch of people you get along with rather than just a few.
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