When setting foot on campus as a student for the first time, it can be overwhelming. The first week or two is all about finding your classes, learning when the lines are shortest at the dining hall, and trying not to look like the token “lost freshman.” But once you feel settled in, it’s time to step out of our comfort zone and experience all that your college has to offer – starting with organizations.
High School on Repeat
A typical college campus will have a lot of organizations to choose from, so to narrow down your search, think about what you enjoyed doing in high school and try to find something similar. Many schools have club sports teams, which offer the chance to play competitively and to travel without the major commitment of playing varsity, as well as intramural leagues. If you were a dancer, singer or in theatre, you may find groups you can audition to join. I’ve never heard of a college without a student government, so if being President of your class for four years in high school kept you busy, seek out similar opportunities to get involved with on campus. Whatever it is that you liked to do in high school, chances are you will find something to suit your preferences at your college.
Some organizations are only found on college campuses, most specifically fraternities and sororities. Social sororities and fraternities can be great if you are looking to meet people, to participate in fundraisers and to give back to the surrounding community through service events. There are several other types of fraternities as well, including professional, honorary and service, many of which are co-ed. Before you form an opinion about the Greek life on your campus, head to information sessions for a few different types to get a better understanding of the organizations and the commitment involved in joining.