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No matter if you’re a freshman, sophomore, junior, senior, transfer, or prospective student, there’s probably something out there that you can join at your school. College itself is a big lifestyle change, and you don’t want to have to sacrifice your interests or extracurriculars! Here’s some reasons why joining a club is a great idea:

1. Getting involved. This is probably the most obvious reason to join a club. At most universities, it sounds like a cliche but there really is something for everyone. Being a club member will give you something to do and help benefit your school.

2. Making new friends. You’ll likely join a club because your interests pertain to what it’s all about. Clubs are full of people that have similar interests, so you’ll already have something in common! Whether it’s for sports, greek life, academics, or volunteer work, clubs are a great way to find a niche in college.

3. Networking. Some clubs, particularly academic ones, can help you get a head start into establishing professional references and promoting yourself. Joining a club can give you access to many resources, programs, and people that you would not have met otherwise, and these connections might just help you land a job after you graduate.

4. Resume building. Especially if you find yourself building up to a leadership position, any sort of club activity you do can have a spot on your resume. It’s never too early to start thinking about being employed, and active participation in a club shows that you have time management skills and are devoted to pursuing your interests.

5. Learning new skills. You don’t have to already be the best at something to join a club, so even if something mildly interests you, consider joining to improve your knowledge or ability. Every new thing starts out a little scary, so don’t be afraid to expand your horizons.

6. Volunteer opportunities. Some clubs are strictly for volunteering, but a lot of others require you to do a specified number of volunteer hours per semester. This is a great way to get involved in the campus and surrounding community, and again, is also another thing to use as a resume builder.

7. Sharing and promoting your interests and opinions. You’ll have the opportunity to spread awareness about whatever your club stands for, and you’ll also be able to share your interests with others who have similar opinions as you. Additionally, a club can help you broaden your mind and open you up to opinions and information you may have never considered before about a given topic.

8. Keep yourself from slacking. Clubs can really help you stay on track, or rather, keeping yourself busy and occupied with things that won’t make you lazy will help excel your time management skills. Do you have any friends who seem to have so much free time that they don’t know what to do with it? Joining a club will help you have a more structured schedule that’ll help you focus on where you need to be and what you need to do.

9. Personal development. By learning new skills, excelling, and receiving encouragement from other members in the group, there’s a lot of potential for personal growth when you join a club. You owe it to yourself to at least see what’s it’s like and see if there’s room for you to grow in an organization that interests you.

10. Fun. Clubs are not meant to be a burden on you or your schedule. Joining a club can help reduce your stress by providing an activity you enjoy to escape to and a community of people who support your decisions. Clubs can provide you with some great, enriching experiences that you’ll remember for the rest of your life.

There you have it—my top 10 reasons why I think you should reach out a little and attend your college’s next student organization day. You never know what you might find, and you never know what fun opportunities may lie ahead just from putting your name on a sign-up list!

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Allison Capley is an editor, college life writer, and a member of James Madison University’s class of 2016 in Harrisonburg, Virginia. At JMU she studies Writing, Rhetoric and Technical Communication, with a minor in Health Communication. Allison’s favorite hobby is horseback riding. In the future, she aspires to live life to the fullest and obtain a career in medical and pharmaceutical writing.

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