How to Get Involved at a University

College campus life can feel overwhelming. When faced with a dizzying array of parties, activities and people, it can feel hard to get involved. However, taking an active role in campus life can help you have a good college experience.

Steps

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    Get to know people . Randomly strike up conversations in the cafeteria line, at a party, or one of your classes. These people can introduce you to new experiences, ideas, and activities.
    • Your roommate can be another social outlet. Get to know each other's friends.
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    Organize social activities such as an outing with your roommates.
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    Join one or two activities you care about . If you can't find a club that suits your particular interests, start one!
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    Do community service . It's fulfilling, plus you get to know other students. Go on a Habitat for Humanity build, clean up a river, or teach English to recent immigrants -- the possibilities are endless.
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    Show enthusiasm in classes . You'll gain more from the classroom experience, and can meet other people who care about the same subjects.

Tips

  • Don't be shy. Clubs and service groups are always happy for new, enthusiastic members.
  • Internships can be another way to get involved.
  • If you see someone with his/her schedule in hand and it looks as if he/she is trying to figure out where to go next, walk up to him/her and say, "Are you looking for a class?" Most likely, the answer will be 'yes' and you'll be remembered for your kind action.

Warnings

  • Don't over schedule yourself in an effort to be involved. You'll be happier if you pick one or two commitments you truly care about.

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Categories: Campus Life