Why You Should Get Involved On Campus

I remember thinking about all of the clubs and organizations I wanted to join when I got to college. I told myself I was going to get as involved as possible. Well folks, as much as you might like to get involved in anything and everything that seems interesting to you, that is just not feasible.

Although you might only have a couple of classes per day and that are far apart, in all reality, you’ll be busier than you’ll want to think. You’re going to have to pick a couple of things to really commit to, otherwise your work and health will suffer.

I know at my school, during the first month or so there will be a plethora of opportunities to get to know some of the people and organizations that are around your campus. They had an “organizations fair” where student organizations set up booths for you to learn more information about them. This is a great way to get some details about organizations that seem intriguing but you don’t have any actual information about.

Another great way to learn about opportunities around campus is to just get to know people! Everyone is interested in different things and the chances that you’ll meet someone in an interesting organization are pretty good! Try to get to know some people that are older than you. They will have had time to try out certain groups and can give you the 411 on what they are like. Get out there and network!

Here are some organizations that I saw on my school’s website that I thought looked interesting and wanted to share.

Academic

  • American Wind Energy Association
  • English Society
  • Intellectual Dialogue Society
  • Men in Nursing
  • Real Estate Club

Campus Programming

  • Campus Activities Board
  • Homecoming Council
  • Lecture Committee

Environmental

  • Gardeners
  • Simply Food, the Real Food Challenge

Film/Publications/Media

  • Journal of Gender, Race, and Justice
  • KRUI.FM
  • Photography Club
  • Students in Advertising

Games and Gaming

  • Chess Club
  • League of Legends Club

Multicultural

  • Anime and Manga Club
  • Chinese Painting Club
  • Romanian Culture Club
  • United Nations Association
  • Walk It Out Fashion Show

Performance

  • Bhangra Dance Team
  • Hoop Team
  • Show Choir
  • Swing Dance Club

Political

  • Socialists
  • Young Americans for Liberty

Recreation and Wellness

  • Longboarders Club
  • Students International Meditation Club
  • Bird Club
  • Yoga Club

Service

  • Big Brothers Big Sisters
  • Collegiate 4-H
  • Dance Marathon
  • Wishmakers

Special Interests

  • American Sign Language Club
  • Book of the Month Club
  • Fashion Management Club
  • Flying Club
  • Starfleet Academy Young Officers Club
  • Undergraduate Philosophy Club

Sports Clubs

  • Badminton Club
  • Capoeira Club
  • Fencing Club
  • Scuba Club
  • Ultimate Frisbee

As you can see, there are so many options to choose from, and that’s not even all of the choices. There are plenty of other groups including religious organizations, Greek life, and student government. It’s just a matter of you going out and finding what seems interesting to you. And don’t worry if you don’t find your club right away. Sometimes it takes visiting a few to really find where you belong.

Also, get out of your comfort zone a little bit. College is a time to explore. You have so many opportunities that you’ve never had before. So yes, go look at things that are already of interest of you, but also take a step outside of something that you never even thought of going for.

I personally was dead set on audition for a theatre production and devoting all of my time to that. I did in fact audition, and it ended up going absolutely horribly. I was devastated and didn’t know what I’d do with all that time I was planning on using towards a production. Then one day I opened up my email and there was going to be a meeting for the radio station. I ended up going, loving it, spending a year there, and am now getting paid to work there! Sometimes you just have to take the leap forward and put yourself out there.

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Abby Thomas

Abby Thomas

Abby Thomas is a freshman at University of Iowa studying Journalism and Nonfiction Creative Writing. She plans to one day be able to get paid to travel around the world writing about her adventures. The day you can find her travel book on the shelves of bookstores will be the day she has finally reached her life goal. When she is not pursuing her dreams of travel writing, she is either at the University's radio station or on her computer wasting time on Tumblr and Netflix.