Hi and welcome to A Quirky Twist’s college advice for freshmen! This week’s post is on an important topic for first semester freshmen and that is campus involvement. Being active on campus is not only a good way to make friends and learn your way around, but it can be a good way to network with professors and peers. Again these are just suggestions I have to make your year easier and not rules you need to follow. I have 4 tips today for how to make the most out of your campus involvement.
- GET INVOLVED, BUT NOT TOO INVOLVED
What I mean by this statement is this, definitely join around 5 clubs you feel really strongly about or find interesting. Don’t however join 20 clubs because they all had cool flyers, chances are you won’t go to ¾ of those clubs and eventually their emails will start clogging up your inbox. Also it’ll be difficult to balance a lot of clubs at one time, because good time management is hard to accomplish in your first semester. That being said if you can find more than 5 clubs you like and you can handle it time wise go for it, it is your life after all.
2. TAKE A GYM CLASS
Like gyms in the “real world”, college campus gyms offer exercise classes like yoga or spin. You can invite your roommate or suitemate or someone you met on your hall to go with you or you can go alone. Taking a gym class cannot only help you meet new people, but it can also help you stay in shape. You should take advantage of these classes while they’re free (as in paid for in tuition and fees), because is you hate the class technically you’ve wasted no money and only at most an hour of your time.
3. GO TO SPORTING EVENTS
This suggestion is especially a good idea if you go to a big sports school, or even if you don’t by going you’re showing you have pride in all aspects of your school. The energy at sporting events is very exciting and can boost your energy, and games are always more fun in person. Again take advantage of this while it’s still “free” for you, before you know it you’ll be paying for all the things you took advantage of in college. Even if you don’t like crowds but still like watching games, you can invite a few people to your room and watch the game on TV if you’re school is televised.
4. BE ACTIVE IN YOUR DORM
So maybe you don’t like sports, or the gym, or walking across campus to meetings after you’re finished class, then being active in your dorm is perfect for you. UNC has community government in which each residence hall has a small elected resident-run board. The community government plans activities and often gives away free food to residents and their friends. If you’re interested in government and your school has something like this you should definitely do it, you’ll have to go no further than your dorm’s lobby. Also UNC has office assistant positions, where residents are paid to help the RA’s run the lobby’s office, which is probably the closest job you could probably ever get in your life to where you live.
Those are all of the tips I have for campus involvement in college, I hope this helps ease some of the future class of 2020’s worries about college. If you know anyone who will be going to college in the fall, share this post with them. And if you want to hear more about my college advice check back next Tuesday. Thank you so much for stopping by feel free to leave a comment below!
PS In case you missed it you can find last week’s college advice post here!