Getting Involved in College: 4 Extracurricular Activities To Consider

In high school, being involved was a key way to make friends and not get stuck in the rut of school.

While you may have gotten up early for choir practice, gone to club meetings at lunch, participated on a sports team after school and volunteered on the weekends, in college you will not have this much time on your hands.

This does not mean you should not try to keep involved on campus, but you will need to be more picky about where your “extra” time is spent.

My first year of college I was still getting adjusted to living on my own, the meal plan, the rigor of college courses and the workload. I did not start getting involved in college until my second year, and while you may think you can take everything on at once, the last thing you want is to get overwhelmed.

Take it slow and when you start to get bored of classes or want to spice up your college life, start looking to get involved. There are many opportunities in college and while you cannot take on them all, here is a list of some you might want to consider.

  • Join a Club

At the beginning of each school year, my university hosts a club fair to give students a chance to see what is out there. While there are over 300 clubs represented on campus, the fair offers booths for each one so they can tell you what they do throughout the year. Some of our most popular clubs include our Beach Volleyball Club, Rose Float Club, Philippine Cultural Exchange, and Vines to Wines. Each offer something completely different depending on what interests you.

  • Rush a Fraternity or Sorority

Choosing to rush can be a complicated decision to some, or a much easier one to others. For whatever reason you have for wanting to join one of these groups, whether it be to gain friends, have a network at your school, or wanting to be apart of something bigger than just your university, rushing can be a very positive experience. Many of these organizations offer weekly dinners, participate in a philanthropy, and earn you an automatic study buddy. There are many reasons people to choose to rush but ultimately it is a decision that does require some time and thought.

  • Get an on Campus Job

So you are a broke college student, living on campus and do not have a car. An easy idea would be to find a job on campus. Usually your manager will be willing to work with your class schedule and the location is super convenient. If you have a face job such as making student’s coffee drinks at your on campus coffee shop or selling them textbooks in your school’s bookstore, you will get to meet many different students away from your classes and dorm. This is another great way to get integrated into the campus community. The bonus is you are getting a pay check, and a little extra money never hurt!

  • Participate on an Intramural Sports Team

There are a large handful of students who participated in more than one sport in high school but just were not at the skill level to continue in college, or could not commit the time that college teams need, or, maybe you never got to be on an Ultimate Frisbee team but want to now. Luckily, many universities offer intramural sports teams for these reasons. A few you might be interested could range from the basic basketball or volleyball, but could also include table tennis, flag football, or racquetball.

  • Get Involved in Student Government

By joining your ASI student government you can be at the core of all the groups on campus. Decisions you make will effect the student body and you will get to meet many new people.

No matter what you decide, getting involved in college will be worth your while. By getting to know new people on campus and taking an active role in your campus community, your college experience will be enriched.

Don’t take a backseat role in your four years of college, these are known as the times of your life and you should make the absolute most of them.

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Kait Freeberg

Kait Freeberg

Kait Freeberg is a junior at Cal Poly University, San Luis Obispo pursuing a degree in journalism. At school, Kait can be found interviewing people or hitting the gym. As the Colleges Against Cancer president, Kait helps to fight cancer and she educates her peers on the disease. Apart from school she works two jobs, enjoys traveling, and cooking for her roommates.