How to Find Organizations to Be Involved In
Getting involved on campus is part of the college experience. Here are some ways to find organizations, programs and student groups to join.
Attend an Activities Fair
Colleges host activities fairs at the start of each year, where representatives from different groups promote their organizations. These fairs can be overwhelming, so do your research and make a game plan for which organizations to check out. Attempting to chat with each representative will tire you out.
Start looking early with a general idea of what you want. From there, you can weigh each group’s time commitment, cost (if any) and other crucial factors. If you decide you want to learn more and potentially become a member, sign up. Beware, though: Signing up for too many can lead to email spam and confusion.
You don’t need to be on campus to look into student organizations. Find an activities directory and make a list of those that interest you. It’s smart to check them out in person to get a better sense of what the program is about. Doing research to narrow your list will save you time once you’re on campus.
Go to Events
If you missed the activities fair and are late to finding appealing student organizations, there’s nothing to worry about. Many groups continue to recruit after the first few weeks of college. A great way to show interest is to attend events and talk to those involved. Demonstrated interest makes a difference.
Check Social Media
Once you start following college friends on social media, you’re sure to start seeing plenty of advertisements for student groups and events. If any of these look interesting, give them a shot. It’s a win-win, as you’ll be supporting your friends and considering a new program to join.