Home Sweet Home Part 2: Campus Life
Believe it or not, school is about more than just academics. So, what do you like to do? Or what have you always wanted to do but haven't had the chance? Joining clubs and getting involved in activities on campus not only lets you meet new friends it is also a chance to gain some skills and explore your interests.
You have committed to getting an education so take advantage of it. There are many resources; clubs, organizations and activities on campus to explore that are free for students. Yes- free, all you need to do is show-up, sign-up or try-out. For most people this is the only time in your life that you will have the opportunity and access to explore what you like to do. So, where do you begin? Some students share what they did to start making a life for themselves on campus and offer their advice for getting involved in campus life.
Dan Foster: "I write for the college newspaper. I wrote a letter to the editor and after I wrote it I find out there was a restriction on words for the article so I asked if they had guest commentators in the paper. They didn't at the time but upon reading my article they asked me to become an employee of The Lumberjack, so that is how I got started I think it is important to be involved and this is a good way for students to do so."
Marcy Pickett: "I am a part of the Black Student Union on campus. We work with the Spanish society and PRISM (formerly the Lesbian, Bi-sexual and Gay Alliance) and tons of other clubs. So through this one organization I meet tons of people. I would tell other students if they have an interest seek out a club or organization."
Kevin Eagan: "Greensboro College has club carnival every fall and spring. All of the organizations and clubs set up on campus with tables and games to attract students to sign up. In my freshman year I signed up with the campus activity board which is the programming body for the campus. So, with this one club I was able to be involved with many different clubs on campus and get more involved. "
"I am also involved in a few honor societies. Sigma Tau Delta, (a national English honor society) and Omicron Delta Kappa (a national leadership society); and a campus society called Inter-Club Council. Honor societies are not necessarily social organizations it looks great on a resume and you meet like-minded peers with similar interests but we don't spend a lot of time socializing. I would tell freshman the more involved they get with school the better chance they have of enjoying themselves and making friends."
Stephanie Gillie: "When you first step on campus people tell you get involved. You just have to be brave and attend some events especially as freshman. I talked to people about different organizations and that is a good way to get to know people on campus. It also helped me having a senior roommate because she had already established herself on campus and so she introduced me to a lot of different people and organizations."
"I have been involved in the religious life organizations such as the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and I am involved with the Education club that is for my major. I am also involved in the Peer Educators group, which provides a place where students can come and talk about issues affecting them with, as well as various leadership and honor societies. There are so many organizations and activities on campus for students to get involved in just pick something you like and go to some events."
Frank Cortese: "I did make a lot of new friends at San Francisco State. For me it was through my involvement in the Presidential Scholars society, the GatorAiders and the New Student Orientation program that I have made most of my friends."
"The Presidential Scholars is an honors society at the university that selects about 30 students per year. We do not have to take higher level classes but the students selected for this society have to take three classes together the first semester. That way we get to know each other because we all have the same scholarship and the hope is that you will stay connected with these people."
Jessica Amundsen is a third year English Education Major at Saint Cloud State University
"I met a lot