Many students try to limit their time spent on campus as much as possible. They want to show up for class and hightail it off campus ASAP, because any extra time spent on campus would be a waste, right?
Wrong. There is a plethora of meaningful opportunities at your disposal and wonderful experiences to be had simply by becoming more involved in your campus community. Click the button below to read more about all the potential benefits.
- You can interact with people from all walks of life – and make friends
Most of the time we’re caught up in our own world, not thinking about outside cultures, lifestyles or customs. One of the great ways to expand that sphere is to get involved with culture clubs or groups on campus. These give you different perspectives, allowing you to peer outside of your narrow breadth of life experiences. Being communal and interested in the lives and stories of others can make you a better person, too.
- You can explore new mediums
Even if you don’t consider yourself an artistic person in any sense of the word, being able to see a new movie, read a new book, write a story—anything—will make you a well-rounded person. By viewing and appreciating art, you will start to develop your own likes and dislikes. Becoming a cultured person isn’t a bad thing (unless you start turning your nose up and saying “how droll.”) There are film, painting, sculpture or writing clubs available to you on campus. And the people there aren’t likely to judge you—they’re there to celebrate and foster the arts with everyone.
- You can participate in things that actually interest you
Many students in elementary, middle and high school are forced into groups or organizations by their parents – one that don’t always align with any of their interests. Whether you’re an artist in robotics club or a budding engineer learning journalism, you need to shake off those notions that ALL clubs are going to be a trial. As an adult, you have the freedom to choose the organizations in which you get – and stay – involved.
- You can build your resume
When future employers look at your resume, they probably won’t be impressed if you were just going to school for 12-20 hours a week and doing nothing else. If you can fill those gaps with campus involvement or working on- or off-campus, then you’ll shine brighter to your employer. Even if it’s something like underwater basket-weaving, it’s something that you can put down that demanded your time. It gives your employer more of a textured understanding of who you are.
- You can achieve better grades
Studies have shown that students who are more involved on campus tend to do better academically than students who are not. It may seem counterintuitive, but consider the old chestnut, “no pressure, no diamonds.” Having that accountability, within reason, will propel you to do well.