Welcome to A Quirky Twist’s college advice for sophomores! I’m back with another college advice post geared towards sophomores. Today I’m going to be talking about extracurriculars and the way they can help you. I feel that getting involved on campus is different for freshman and upperclassmen, which is why I’m making two posts. The main difference for that is that the upperclassmen know their way around campus better. Again these are just suggestions on reasons to do extracurriculars and not rules you have to follow. With that being said I have 4 tips for extracurriculars during your sophomore year.
- THEY CAN HELP YOUR RESUME
Not that you should only do something because it looks good on your resume. However if you enjoy it and it’s relevant to your future career path then why not put it on your resume. Some organizations might even be able to provide you with workshops or hands-on conferences that can then be added to your resume. Not only can it help your resume but it can give you a glimpse into the future to see if that future field is for you.
- THEY CAN BROADEN YOUR NETWORK
When you first join an organization chances are you know no one or very few people. Joining a new organization can help you meet new people that you otherwise would not have known existed. Chances are you’ll also more than likely get the chance to meet professionals in the field. You’ll also get to be on a more intimate level with professors in your department who are involved. This can lead to future recommendation letters or introductions to career professionals. If nothing else you’ll meet a few people that you can wave hi to when you see them on campus.
- THEY GET YOU OUT OF YOUR ROOM
During my freshman year first semester I had joined 1 club and otherwise was always hanging out with friends. Which isn’t a bad thing, but I felt like I wanted to do something else with my time too. So I decided to get a job, where I not only make extra money but got to meet new and interesting people. I think a part of sophomore year is getting complacent with your life at school, obviously this isn’t true for everyone. However, everything isn’t new and exciting anymore so you don’t feel the need to go out that often. However since your dorm unlike your home with your family, is just one room that is everything to you getting out a few times for things that aren’t class are nice. And your roommate will probably appreciate a few hours to themselves.
- IT’S NOT TOO LATE
You don’t have to be a freshman to join a club, and you don’t have to join at the beginning of the year. Most organizations welcome people who want to join them at any time of the school year. If you just found out about an organization halfway through the semester, reach out to their executive board to find out when the next meeting is. Also, if you don’t find clubs you like until your senior or junior year you can and should still join them if you think you’ll enjoy doing so.
I hope this will help you when you start your second year in the fall. Another college advice post will be up next Tuesday! If you missed last week’s post on time management you can find it here. If you liked this post leave a comment down below!