If there’s anything you learn at college, it’s that there are lots of opportunities. From sports teams to special-interest clubs, you’re surrounded by groups in which you can get involved, make new friends, learn new skills and more.
Whether you’re starting school this fall for the first time or finishing your senior year, why is getting involved in school groups such a good idea? What are the specific advantages that come from joining different teams and clubs? Why should you do it?
Below, take a look at what you can expect to gain from a little more involvement in college functions this year:
- Expand Your Connections. Whether you’re bringing half your high school buddies to the same school with you or are starting fresh somewhere new, it’s important to make new relationships in college. One great way to expand your friend circle is by joining new groups. As you work side by side with other students to promote events, gather signatures or plan parties, you’ll form relationships with all kinds of potential rewards down the road. From lasting friendship to future networking, the perks of making more connections are many.
- Enhance Your Education. Say you’re a political science major considering a future in civil service — joining the Young Republicans or Young Democrats on campus is a great way to dip your toes in the industry and see how it feels. “Joining a student organization gives you the option to explore a career without fully committing,” says Melissa Suzuno at After College. “This is your chance to learn more about what it’s really like to work in a specific field.”
- Expose Yourself to New Things. College is the time to expand your horizons and look outside your old routine, so why not use it to explore new hobbies and habits you’ve never tried before? From learning more about composting to having a stress-relieving outlet with a Monday-night softball league, the groups you join can help you discover new and enjoyable interests you didn’t know you had.
- Add Something to Your Résumé. As mother-daughter blogging duo Julie and Lindsay Mayfield write at U.S. News, “Freshman year is not too soon to begin thinking about positioning yourself for future employment.” Anything that can beef up your skills and experiences in a future job application is an advantage, and that includes your involvement in campus positions or groups. Plus, what’s true when you’re a freshman is still true when you’re soon to graduate: building your résumé matters no matter where you are in your college career.
- Have Fun. You can learn it in college or you can learn it later in your career: the best parts of life aren’t usually financial. Since life is about more than making money, both now and when you graduate, why not make your college experience a little more enjoyable through some groups where you have fun? You meet new people, have a fun social outlet where you belong and make memories that will last for years to come.
Whether you’re studying law, medicine, English or biology, make time for extra-curricular activities during your college years. The more you experience and learn in college, the more prepared you will be for life after it — so look into some of the clubs, groups and organizations available on your campus, and see what sounds good to you.