Finding the balance between class, work, socializing, studying, and everything else can be extremely difficult. Many students question whether adding campus involvement, either in the form of organizations or clubs, is worth it. But I’m here to tell you it is! Here’s why:
Better grades and better attitude
Anyone who looks at my calendar would probably get an instant migraine. Every day is loaded with assignments, exams, meetings, work, and social events (all color-coded, of course). My first two years of college, I struggled to find a balance. Work took precedence over everything else. At one point, I worked 3 jobs while taking 16 credits. My grades suffered and I realized I was not getting the full college experience.
Since then, I have quit two of my jobs and found any opportunity I could to get involved on campus. Not only did I notice an improvement in my grades, but I also found myself wanting to be at school and do more.
Better college experience
Getting involved enhances the college experience. It looks great on your resume to show that you were involved on campus. You get a chance to join an organization that reflects your views, beliefs, or interests. You have the opportunity to meet like-minded people, and potentially build a network of new friends and contacts. Also, adding another activity to your already busy schedule helps develop strong time-management skills.
Between a professional fraternity and social sorority, my schedule is packed. Having these campus obligations encourages me to spend more time on campus, usually in the library studying.
Whether it’s a juggling club, community service group, business fraternity, or sports team, go out and try it! You’ll be happy you did.