Now that you’ve attended the Involvement Fair and signed up for a million things that caught your interest during the first week of classes (Greek life? Student media? Beekeeping? Bring it on!), you might be feeling a little overwhelmed by the amount of emails that you’re getting to your student email inbox. You might have already went to the general interest meetings, the information sessions, and emailed the student leaders with a million questions — or, maybe you didn’t, and you’re on the fence about joining clubs right now.
This is the time of year that clubs are finally getting their members together and people are settling down within organizations. And maybe you’re one of those students that isn’t totally sure about which club to join, or if you should join a club at all. But keep in mind — the clubs you join don’t have to be four year commitments. They can be something you try out. And while there’s totally a possibility that you could become super passionate about something that you never would have thought you’d be passionate about, there’s no harm in realizing that a club or activity just isn’t for you.
But if you need any more convincing, consider the awesome benefits to joining that club (or clubs!) you’re kind of on the fence about right now.
1. Meet awesome people.
Sure, your floor is great and your roommate is awesome. But it’s nice to meet people outside of the constraints of forced proximity. Chances are, the people that you meet in the clubs you join have similar interests to you, and what better way to start an awkward friendship than geeking out over something you’re both interested in?
2. Add another thing to your schedule.
When the only thing that you have on your schedule is your five classes, it can be nice to add a little something to keep you busy and on top of things. Sometimes, having too little to do can make it more difficult to get things done. Consider adding a club to help you keep a balanced schedule.
3. …and to your résumé.
Part-time jobs, campus jobs, leadership positions, scholarships you’re applying for — people love to see that you’re involved in something, even if it’s not the most professional and most career-centric thing available on campus. Sure, those professional organizations are great, but being a member of Independent Arts Collective just because you love it shows your interests and passions, making you a super interesting candidate for whatever you’re applying for.
4. Get more involved on campus.
Getting involved in a club immediately gives you a resource where you’ll learn all about things going on around campus that you might not have heard of otherwise. Your circles will expand, thus, your knowledge of what’s going on both at AU and in DC.
5. Do something you love.
Joining a club gives you the opportunity to engage with something you love! …Or something that you know nothing about. Either way, you’re being more engaged and always learning, which leads to the next point…
7. Try something new – you might learn something about yourself.
You’ll learn more about yourself when you’ve forced yourself to be open to new possibilities. Maybe you never thought coordinating events would be something you were good at… until you tried it out for your club. And who knows, maybe you will find a new talent!
8. Gain leadership skills.
Or event planning skills. Or interpersonal skills. Or communication skills. Or writing skills. Or time management skills. The possibilities are endless.
You need something to do besides school work and a club is a great way to even just socialize, destress, and be happy!
10. Why not?
What’s there to lose?