5 Unconventional Ways to Get Involved on Campus

Getting involved on campus is a great way to improve your overall college experience.  Most universities have hundreds of different student organizations, and joining one is a great way to make friends, gain opportunities, and have a lot of fun!  Here are five good examples of ways to get involved:

1)  Intramural Sports Teams

Joining an intramural sports team is one of the easiest and most enjoyable ways you can get involved on campus.  An intramural sports team is simply a group of students participating in a certain sport in an informal league organized by the university.  It is extremely simple and easy to join a team.  Check out flyers around your dorm, take a peek inside your intramural athletic buildings, or ask around.  Chances are you’ll be able to find a team that interests you in no time.

The variety when it comes to different intramural leagues is extensive, so it will be easy to find something you really enjoy.  Most colleges offer intramural teams in all the major sports, and many times organize less common sports teams like ultimate Frisbee, dodge ball, roller hockey, and more.  Intramural is known for being informal and relatively non-competitive, so don’t worry if you’re not a star athlete.  It’s also not a huge time commitment, with most teams playing games only once or twice a week.  For most sports, students can participate in either men’s, women’s, or co-ed intramural leagues.  Joining an intramural team is a great way to make friends, get some exercise, and have fun.

2)   Student Government

It turns out student government isn’t just for high school students.  “Stugo” can be a great way to get involved in college as well.  College student governments are great for students who are drawn to leadership roles, or simply want to make a difference at their university.  Student government is a great way to meet other responsible and dedicated students in an enjoyable atmosphere, as well as gain valuable leadership experience.  Student governments are often responsible for determining how certain university funding is used, hosting different campus events, and organizing student activities.  By joining your college’s student government you will be able to have a direct impact on your university and make some friends in the process.

 3)  Environmental Activist Groups

A growing trend on college campuses everywhere has been the rise in popularity of environmental activists groups.  With the recent “go green” movement happening all over the country, college students have demonstrated one of the strongest voices.  If you care at all about the environment, or are just looking to meet some new people, joining an environmental group on your campus could be right for you.  Most campuses have various environmental groups dedicated to things like recycling, alternative energy, land preservation, and much more.  If you find a cause that you’re interested in or passionate about, join the student organization and make a difference!  Student environmental groups are always planning a ton of different activities, including rallies, speakers, events, and parties.  Just because they’re making a difference doesn’t mean they’re not having a fun time while doing it.  And if the environment isn’t exactly your thing, colleges have tons of volunteer organizations supporting different causes that are worth checking out.

4)  Business Fraternity

For business majors, or those with an interest in the business industry, entrepreneurship, or networking, a business fraternity could be a great opportunity.  Don’t be fooled by the word “fraternity,” business frats are completely different from more conventional fraternities.  Business frats are normally co-ed, and focus on professional aspects like learning, developing, and networking with real world professionals.  Needless to say, many great opportunities can come from being a member of a business frat, including meeting influential business leaders, attending career fairs, and gaining internship or work experience.  Business frats also typically hold social events for its members and host fun, non-business related outings.  For aspiring business professionals looking to get an early jump on career success as well as make new friends, a business fraternity could be just the thing for you.  On the other hand, if you’re not a business major, chances are your current major has a similar professional student organization to get involved with as well.

5)  Campus Publication

If you like to write, draw, design, think creatively, or if you are interested in what’s happening on your campus, joining a student publication could be a great option for you.  Most universities have multiple student publications, some are more traditionally news orientated (like your school newspaper), but others focus can on humor, creative writing, or other specific subjects.  Joining a campus publication is a great way meet students with similar interests.  Campus publications usually also offer opportunities for students beyond writing.  Positions for artists, graphic designers, and advertising or marketing specialists are often in demand as well.  Being a member of a campus publication can be great experience, an awesome resume builder, and can also be a lot of fun.

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Mallory Londeck

Mallory Londeck

Mallory Londeck is a senior at Michigan State University double majoring in journalism and media & information. As a proud Spartan, Mallory is involved in many organizations on campus including the student radio station, campus tours, and university activities board. Outside of MSU, Mallory enjoys reading, writing, and watching movies. A self proclaimed “pop-culture fanatic,” she is always up-to-date on the latest entertainment news. She also enjoys playing Frisbee, volleyball, and snowboarding in her spare time.
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